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

    • 2023-04-12

      Goepfert Lab involved in Human Frontier Science Program project

      Research project “Evolution of protein multifunctionality" funded by HFSP
    • 2019-08-22

      Tracing the Evolution of Vision

    • 2018-03-15

      Locomotion control with photopigments


    Recent Publications

    • Multifaceted promotion of apoptosis by acetylcholinesterase

      Debbra Y. Knorr, Defne Demirbas, Ralf Heinrich (2023)
      Frontiers in Cell Death 2:1169966 link
    • The cytokine receptor CRLF3 is a human neuroprotective EV-3 (Epo) receptor

      Debbra Y. Knorr, Ignacio Rodriguez Polo, Hanna S. Pies, Nicola Schwedhelm-Domeyer, Stephanie Pauls, Rüdiger Behr, Ralf Heinrich (2023)
      Frontiers in Molecular Neurobiology 16: link
    • Local prothoracic auditory neurons in Ensifera

      Ali Cillov, Andreas Stumpner (2022)
      Frontiers in Neuroscience :1-19 link