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Department of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology


All animals rely on selective information from the external world received by highly specialized sensory neurons. Research at the Department of Neurobiology is dedicated to the understanding of the Sensory System development and function using various arthropod model organisms.

In a molecular-genetic approach we are studying the developmental control mechanisms underlying the formation of the Drosophila visual and olfactory system (Hummel Lab).

By the electrophysiological analysis of different sensory neuron types we are getting new insights into the neural basis of odor, temperature and humidity sensation (Tichy Lab).

Using behavioral approaches the astonishing features of the spider visual system, like perception of color, shape and distance, are being investigated (Schmid Lab).




Head of Department
Univ.Prof. Dr. Thomas Hummel
e-mail: thomas.hummel@univie.ac.at
phone: +43 1 4277 56500

Vice Head of Department
Univ.Prof. Dr. Manuel Zimmer
e-mail: manuel.zimmer@univie.ac.at
phone: +43 1 79730 3430

Prof.Dr. Harald Tichy
e-mail: harald.tichy@univie.ac.at
phone: +43 1 4277 56523
fax: 43 1 4277 9565

Department für Neurobiologie
Universität Wien

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