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

    • Acetylcholinesterase promotes apoptosis in insect neurons

      Debbra Y. Knorr, Nadine S. Georges, Stephanie Pauls, Ralf Heinrich (2020)
      Apoptosis : link
    • Auditory DUM neurons in a bush-cricket: inhibited inhibitors

      Andreas Stumpner, Silvia Gubert, Debbra Y. Knorr, Martin C. Göpfert (2020)
      Journal of Comparative Physiology A :online link
    • Visualization of a Distributed Synaptic Memory Code in the Drosophila Brain

      Florian Bilz, Bart RH Geurten, Clare E Hancock, Annekathrin Widmann, André Fiala (2020)
      Neuron 106,16: 963-976 link