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

    • 2016-08-05

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

    • 2015-10-10

      The Touching Tail of a Mechanotransduction Channel

    • 2015-05-21

      Too stimulated to suck


    Recent Publications

    • Saccadic movement strategy in a semiaquatic species – the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina)

      Geurten BRH, Niesterok B, Dehnhardt G, Hanke FD (2017)
      J Exp Biol : link
    • Neuroprotection and endocytosis: erythropoietin receptors in insect nervous systems

      Miljus N, Massih B, Weis MA, Rison JV, Bonnas CB, Sillaber I, Ehrenreich H, Geurten BR, Heinrich R. (2017)
      J Neurochem : link
    • Hearing regulates Drosophila aggression

      Versteven M, Vanden Broeck L, Geurten B, Zwarts L, Decraecker L, Beelen M, Göpfert MC, Heinrich R, Callaerts P (2017)
      Proc Natl Acad Sci USA : link