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Surname, First name Research Focus Availability
Baier, Herwig The goal of our research is to understand how neuronal circuits convert sensory inputs into behavioral responses. available in 2022
Bonhoeffer, Tobias We investigate the fundamental principles of synaptic plasticity at a number of different levels, ranging from molecular approaches to studies of the intact nervous system. TBA
Brandt, Thomas In the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, studies address vestibular function in health and disease from eye movement recordings to perception using various methods such as psychophysical measurements, eye movement recordings, fMRI and computational modeling. TBA
Ertürk, Ali We develop technologies to solve some of the major bottlenecks around science by developing novel imaging technologies. Our general approach to science is to combine biomedical research with artificial intelligence (AI), and nanotechnology. available in 2022
Franzmeier, Nicolai Our overarching goal is to better understand the mechanisms that promote the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease in order to develop clinically applicable personalized medicine models for predicting patient-specific disease trajectories. available in 2022
Gogolla, Nadine Our lab is interested in understanding neuronal circuit functions of the insular cortex as part of a wider neuronal network comprising prefrontal and limbic brain structures. not available
Gompel, Nicolas A stricking feature of animal evolution is the diversity of their forms and behaviors. The evolution of traits entails changes in the genetic make-up of each species. available in 2022
Herms, Jochen Physiological function of proteins involved in Neurodegenerative diseases, synaptic failure in Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease (AD,PD), long-term in vivo two-photon imaging of transgenic mice models of AD, neuronal calcium homeostasis in neurodegenerative diseases, high-throughput drug screens for AD and PD. not available
Herz, Andreas The group of Prof. Herz uses methods from nonlinear dynamics and probability theory to analyze and model electrophysiological data, which are provided by collaborators, and to compare them with theoretical predictions. available in 2022
Klein, Rüdiger We investigate the common principles and functions of cell-cell communication in the developing and mature nervous system and the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. available in 2022
Kopp-Scheinpflug, Conny Our laboratory is interested in how ambient sensory stimulation activates neuromodulators and how these then influence the processing of relevant information. available in 2022
Kunz, Lars Our major research focus is on the correlation of cellular metabolism (energy production and consumption) and electrical activity in neurones. TBA
Lichtenthaler, Stefan We study how Alzheimer’s disease develops in the brain on the molecular and cellular level. The aim of our research is to better understand the disease causes and to develop new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive approaches. TBA
Lopez-Schier, Hernán Our research interests are focused on understanding the fundamental principles that govern the assembly, homeostasis and regeneration of mechanosensory epithelia and their associated neuronal circuits. Our methods are grounded in the traditions of genetics and cell biology, high-resolution live microscopy, biological physics and animal behaviour. available in 2022
Michalakis, Stylianos The overarching goal will be to establish and manipulate an in vitro retinal model for the evaluation of innovative therapeutic approaches for blinding eye disorders. available in 2022
Misgeld, Thomas The Misgeld lab uses in vivo imaging methods (ranging from wide-field time-lapse to two-photon microscopy) to study the development and degeneration of neurons and their processes. TBA
Myoga, Michael H. We study how spatial information from multiple senses converges in the midbrain of mice. With a focus on how auditory information integrates with its visual counterparts, we employ in vitro patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetic-based circuit mapping, and anatomical tracing techniques. available in 2022
Ninkovic, Jovica We focus on basic and translational research in the field of the central nervous system (CNS) repair and regeneration aiming at novel strategies for brain repair and regeneration by modulating the function of glial cells. We aim at providing a basis for the development of new therapies for patients affected by stroke, neurotrauma or neurodegenerative diseases. available in 2022
Plesnila, Nikolaus The main interest of the laboratory is to study the role of cerebral vessels for the pathophysiology of acute and chronic brain injury and to use the evolving knowledge for the development of novel therapeutic strategies for patients. For this purpose we use clinically relevant mouse models for acute and chronic brain injury and investigate neuro-vascular morphology and function by in vivo microscopy using conventional and 2-photon fluorescence microscopy. available in 2022
Ploner, Markus On a systems neuroscience level we are working on the brain mechanisms of pain perception. We aim to further the understanding of the brain processes, which determine the individual sensitivity of a person to pain, which explain why we perceive the same painful event differently in different situations. not available
Portugues, Ruben My group is interested in how brains process sensory stimuli and use them to select appropriate motor output. TBA
Schmidt, Mathias V. The main focus of this research group is to study the impact of acute and chronic stress on the body during different developmental stages. Specifically, we are interested in the behavioral, neuroendocrine and molecular basis of individual stress vulnerability and resilience. available in 2022
Sirota, Anton Our research is focused on the mechanisms of information representation and propagation within and across different cortical networks. available in 2022
Straka, Hans In order to maintain visual acuity during locomotion, retinal image drift must be counteracted by dynamic compensatory eye and/or head adjustments that derive from vestibulo-ocular, optokinetic, and proprioceptive reflexes. available in 2022
Stricker, Stefan H. The research aim of the Stricker lab is to investigate, which mechanisms ensure that cells do not change identity during the lifetime and how we can manipulate those to freely convert cell fates. TBA
Tiedt, Steffen We aim to identify circulating signatures that inform on the local and systemic effects of stroke and to explore the underlying molecular and pathophysiological mechanisms. Events in most organs including the local and systemic events (e.g. stress) related to acute stroke are captured by the circulating proteome and metabolome. available in 2022
Wachtler-Kulla, Thomas We take a multidisciplinary approach to study the neural principles of processing and coding in the visual system in relation to the properties of the sensory environment and to perceptual phenomena. available in 2022
Wotjak, Carsten T. Our studies combine in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetic and pharmacogenetic techniques, in vivo microdialysis, behavioral pharmacology, in vivo imaging (magnetic resonance spectroscopy, manganese-enhanced MRI), histochemical and molecular analyses in wild-type and mutant mice. TBA