Seelig Group

We use optical microscopy techniques, such as two-photon calcium imaging, to understand how neural networks in the brain change over time, from single synapses to entire circuits, and how these changes relate to behavior. Our research focuses on the model organism Drosophila melanogaster where genetically identified, comprehensive neural networks underlying adaptive behaviors can be studied. We interpret […]

Scholz Group

The goal of the group ‘Neural Information Flow’ is to understand how animals integrate multiple sources of information to guide their behavior. We study foraging in the roundworm C. elegans, a behavior that is essential for survival. The worms’ brain is particularly interesting, as locomotion and feeding are controlled in two distinct neural circuits connected by […]

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 […]

Musall Group

Neural information processing. The transformation of complex sensory information into behavioral decisions requires the coordinated activity of many brain regions. We want to understand how these regions process sensory inputs and interact with each other to generate a unified behavioral decision. Using 2-photon microscopy, we study the function of individual neurons in large neural networks of […]

Mormann Group

Cognitive Neurophysiology We are interested in the neurobiology of perception and memory. We explore neuronal behavior in the medial temporal lobe to understand how things and events we perceive and experience transformed into memory traces. Clinical Neurophysiology We investigate the pathophysiological mechanisms that lead to the occurrence of epileptic seizures. Our particular focus is on […]

Lightfoot Group

Kin-recognition is abundant in the natural world where it regulates diverse behaviours of myriad social interactions, including mating behaviours and predator-prey dynamics. Perhaps the most striking example of kin recognition is found in organisms with the capability to harm or even kill their relatives, whereby it is fundamental to prevent cannibalism of kin. Despite the […]

Krabbe Group

Internal states, including emotional conditions such as anxiety or stress, as well as physiological need states like hunger or thirst, strongly influence our behaviour. By modulating the contextual perception of external cues that signal potential rewards or threats, emotional and metabolic states can dynamically control the internal valuation system and thereby affect the selection of […]

Grunwald Kadow Group

We combine neuroscience and physiology to understand how brains and bodies communicate on the cellular and molecular level to enable organisms to thrive in their respective environments. Empfindungen und Entscheidungen basieren auf sensorischen EPerceptions and decisions depend on sensory impressions, but also on past experiences and the present internal state of an animal. Behavior is […]

Blaess Group

The coordinated generation of a vast number of diverse neuronal cell types and their subsequent organization into neuronal networks during development is critical for the proper functioning of the adult brain. We are particularly interested in understanding the development and function of the dopaminergic system. Dopaminergic neurons modulate movement, reward behavior and cognition. Degeneration or […]

Tchumatchenko Group

Our research focuses on the computational modeling and mathematical analysis of single neurons, neuronal populations and recurrent networks. We employ analytic tools and computer simulations to investigate how single neurons and populations respond to their synaptic inputs, and how they interact to give rise to functioning neuronal circuits. Areas of particular interest include the role […]