Speaker: Kristin Tessmar-Raible

What are the developmental and evolutionary processes that establish complex nervous systems? What is the mechanistic basis of cognition and behavior? How do brains maintain or change functionality over time?

Understanding brain functions across different levels of complexity is one of the biggest challenges in the life sciences. The aim of this program is to illuminate the organization and activity of nervous systems from an interdisciplinary perspective using diverse animal models and a broad range of experimental approaches. 

Our research disciplines encompass nervous system evolution, neuronal circuit development and physiology, information processing and behavior, as well as long-term neuromodulation and behavioral ecology. We decipher these processes from the molecular-cellular level to neuronal network dynamics focusing on conserved modules and signaling pathways in experimental models like cnidarians, worms, insects and fish. 

Uncovering fundamental principles of nervous system function requires interdisciplinary concepts and perspectives. We seek ambitious doctoral candidates who aim for rigorous training in neuroscience within a vibrant, supportive and multi-faceted research environment.

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