How does the nervous system develop in order to perform a large array of distinct functions?

Research project in our lab is centered on this basic biological question. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and its genetic tools by hand provides and excellent model system to gain insight into the development and function of the nervous system.

We combine molecular genetics, invivo and invitro genetic manipulations, neuronal circuit analysis, confocal microscopy, and serial electron microscopy with behavioral paradigms such as automated tracking, learning and memory and activity monitoring to assess stress-resistance, sleep or life-span.

Main research directions currently are:

Unveiling developmental mechanisms controlling identity of sensory neurons


Dissecting the logic of sensory coding and neural circuits of vision and gustation


Characterising the molecular genetic basis of memory maintenance and forgetting