Behavioural Neurophysiology – Cellular mechanisms of odour processing
Dept. of Beahvioural Neurophysiology
MPI for Medical Research
Functional Neuroanatomy of Behaviour
Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology
Our aim is to understand how complex behaviour emerges from the properties of molecules, cells and ensembles of cells. The model employed is the olfactory system of mice. Thus, we modify specific brain areas using transgenic mice, pharmacological tools or targeted virus injections. We then probe how these specific modifications alter neural networks in vivo and in vitro ultimately performing quantitative behavioural tasks.
Combining these genetic, physiological and behavioural techniques with computational modelling approaches we aim to elucidate the cellular basis of olfactory behaviour and ultimately more general complex behaviours.
Structure of the Group
|Group Leader:||Andreas Schäfer|
|Postdoctoral fellows:||Thorsten Bus, Jenny Davie, Izumi Fukunaga, Mihaly Kollo|
|PhD-Students:||Matthew Angle, Jan Herb, Daniel Schwarz|
|Technicians:||Marlies Kaiser, Ellen Stier|