Schnell Group

Everyone who has ever tried to swat a fly will appreciate the incredibly fast and acrobatic maneuvers flies can perform. Within the fraction of a second, they can detect the motion of a hand or any other potential threat and can evade the danger by a rapid change in course. The species we study, the […]

Pankratz Group

Our lab is interested in elucidating the functional neuronal circuits that control fundamental animal behaviors such as feeding and movement. Our current goal is to provide a complete connectivity map of the feeding circuit in Drosophila larvae at both single cell and synaptic resolution. This includes all muscles, motor neurons, sensory organs, interneurons and modulatory […]

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 […]

Memmesheimer Group

Our research addresses the microscopic, precise spiking dynamics in neural networks, the le­vel of mesoscopic col­lective dynamics as well as emer­gent large-scale phenomena such as control and lear­ning of behavior. The long-term aim is a theoretical understanding of the complex dynamics and the resulting computations of neural systems. For this goal, it is essential to […]

Kerr Group

The overall research aim of the Department of Behavior and Brain Organization (BBO) is to quantify how mammals use vision to make decisions and the underlying computations that the neuronal circuitry performs during natural behaviors. To gain access to the full repertoire of an animal’s behavioral strategies, self-determined sensory input, as well as the underlying neural activity, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Briggman Group

To acquire the data needed to build biologically plausible models, we develop and utilize a multidisciplinary range of experimental techniques. We record cellular resolution images of neuronal populations from behaving animals. In addition, we use fluorescence microscopy to identify the expression patterns of specific proteins. Finally, we reconstruct synaptic connectivity using 3D electron microscopy. By […]