Nawrot Group

In an interdisciplinary team we combine theoretical and experimental approaches to investigate information processing in nervous systems of different animal models. Our goal is to formulate valid theories and testable model hypotheses. 1. Neural Coding: Reliable and efficient information processing in the noisy brainThe nervous systems of animals employ highly efficient strategies to process sensory […]

Ito Group

Brain is a computational machine that gathers information from sensory organs, integrates them, and provides proper output for motor control. To understand how it works, it is important to obtain a comprehensive knowledge about its organization from input to output. Towards this goal we analyse the whole of a relatively simple brain system rather than […]

Isbrandt Group

The focus of Dirk Isbrandt’s research is on the investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying disease-associated changes in cellular excitability using transgenic mouse models. His team specifically investigates the impact of disease-associated mutations on neuronal ion channels, which cause the so-called ion channel diseases („channelopathies“). His research involves the identification and functional characterization of mutations in […]

Gatto Group

The populations of neurons in the spinal cord are critical for generating innate and conscious behaviors that enable animals to explore the environment, search for food, escape predators, and adapt to difficult situations. We have developed, and will continue to develop, advanced genetic approaches to target specific populations of neurons in the spinal cord and […]

Fink Group

The Cognitive Neuroscience Section uses behavioral, pharmacological and neuromodulatory methods to elucidate pathomechanisms of neurological and neuropsychological deficits, with the aim to develop innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies/procedures. Using functional imaging (PET and MRI), electrophysiology (EEG, MEG), both systemic (neural networks) and molecular (neurotransmission) approaches utilizing mathematical models (such as dynamic causal modelling) are combined, […]

Büschges Group

The research group studies the neural underpinnings of locomotor behavior in animals, i.e. flying, swimming, or walking. Presently, we focus on the generation of terrestrial locomotion, i.e. walking, in insects. In the fruit fly and the stick insect we analyze (a) descending control of initiation and maintenance of walking, (d) role and processing of proprioceptive […]