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

    • Sensing pH with TMCs

      Spalthoff C, Göpfert MC (2016)
      Neuron 91:6-8
    • Auditory efferent system modulates mosquito hearing

      Andres M, Seifert M, Spalthoff C, Warren B, Weiss L, Giraldo D, Winkler M, Pauls S, Göpfert MC (2016)
      Curr Biol in press:
    • Transmembrane channel-like (tmc) gene regulates Drosophila larval locomotion

      Guo Y, Wang Y, Zhang W, Meltzer S, Zanin D, Yu Y, Li J, Cheng T, Guo Z, Wang Q, Jacobs JS, Sharma Y, Eberl DF, Göpfert MC, Jan LY, Jan YN, Wang Z (2016)
      Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113: link