Mechanisms of experience-dependent synaptic plasticity, learning & memory and memory extinction
Department of Neurobiology
University of Heidelberg
The physiological, cellular and molecular characterization of synaptic plasticity and higher brain functions such as learning & memory is often hindered by the high complexity of mammalian brains. We therefore apply powerful genetic, physiological and behavioral tools established in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study experiencedependent synaptic potentiation of larval glutamatergic synapses with high resolution as well as long-term memory (LTM) formation and LTM-extinction using an olfactory conditioning paradigm in adult flies. Our research aims at facilitating the identification of the principal mechanisms underlying higher brain functions.
Structure of the Group
|Group Leader:||Christoph Schuster|
|Postdoctoral Fellow:||Jan-Niklas Hörtzsch|
|PhD Students:||Tairi Aljand, Nina Dräger, Romina Geiger|