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Research in Neurobiology

The general objective of our research is to understand basic principles of neuronal information processing and neuronal circuits. We aim to identify the basic network, cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying generation and regulation of body functioning and behavior, in particular focusing on neural mechanisms underlying sensory processing, motor behavior and energy homeostasis.

The scientific problems are addressed by studying both genetically tractable organisms, elgl the fruitfly, as well as non-model organisms. We use multilevel approaches ranging from molecular genetics, single cell recordings, multi-unit recordings and optogenetics, to neuroanatomical, live imaging, cell culture techniques and behavioral analysis.

Our research is profiting from lively scientific interactions within the research groups in the Division of Neurobiology/Animal Physiology of the Institute of Zoology as well as with research groups in other institutes at the University of Cologne.

Current research foci are

  • Cellular Physiology and Neuromodulation
  • Molecular Neurobiology of Neuromechanical Transformation
  • Neural Control of Movement and Animal Behavior
  • Sensory Neurogenetics
  • Theory of Microcircuit Function