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

    • 2015-10-10

      The Touching Tail of a Mechanotransduction Channel

    • 2015-05-21

      Too stimulated to suck

    • 2015-05-07

      BASF and University of Göttingen scientists find new specific insecticide target protein


    Recent Publications

    • Hearing in insects

      Göpfert MC, Hennig RM (2016)
      Annu Rev Entomol 61:257-276 link
    • Mini review: Multielectrode recordings in insect brains

      Bhavsar MB, Heinrich R, Stumpner A (2015)
      Neuroscience Communications :2: e1088. doi: 10.14800/nc.1088 link
    • Diverse roles of axonemal dyneins in Drosophila auditory neuron function and mechanical amplification in hearing

      Karak S, Jacobs JA, Kittelmann M, Spalthoff C, Katana R, Sivan-Loukianova E, Schon MS, Kernan MJ, Eberl DF, Göpfert MC (2015)
      Sci Rep 5:17085 link