Focused on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, the Department of Cellular Neurobiology aims to foster our understanding of cellular signal transduction, neuronal processing mechanisms, and neuromodulation. Combining physiological, behavioral, and molecular approaches, we are studying:

  • sensory transduction machineries (Göpfert group),
  • neural coding mechanisms (Stumpner group, Göpfert group), and the
  • neuronal and hormonal processes underlying action selection
    (Heinrich group).
  • Profiting from the genetic and experimental tractability of insect sensory organs and nervous systems, recent work in the Department has provided insights into salient aspects of neuron function and dysfunction in the context of cellular mechanotransduction, auditory signaling and processing, and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Contact Us

    Dept. of Cellular Neurobiology
    Prof. Dr. Martin Göpfert
    Schwann-Schleiden Research Centre
    Julia-Lermontowa-Weg 3
    37077 Göttingen

    Latest news

    • 2019-08-22

      Tracing the Evolution of Vision

    • 2018-03-15

      Locomotion control with photopigments

    • 2016-08-05

      Kristina Corthals and Robert Kossen receive prizes for best talk and poster at the Neuro DoWo


    Recent Publications

    • The orphan cytokine receptor CRLF3 emerged with the origin of the nervous system and is a neuroprotective erythropoietin receptor in locusts

      Hahn N, Büschgens L, Schwedhelm-Domeyer N, Bank S, Geurten BRH, Neugebauer P, Massih B, Göpfer MC, Heinrich R (2019)
      Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience 12:251 link
    • Chromophore-Independent Roles of Opsin Apoproteins in Drosophila Mechanoreceptors.

      Katana R, Guan C, Zanini D, Larsen ME, Giraldo D, Geurten BRH, Schmidt CF, Britt SG, Göpfert MC (2019)
      Curr Biol : link
    • Temporal processing properties of auditory DUM neurons in a bush-cricket

      Andreas Stumpner, Paule Chloé Lefebvre, Marvin Seifert, Tim Daniel Ostrowski (2019)
      Journal of Comparative Physiology A 205:717-733 link