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Chi-Yu Lee (UCL) presents his Master thesis

Chi-Yu Lee from the Visual Neuroscience Lab at University College London visited us and presented his exciting work on 'Primary visual cortex and instinctive visual discrimination in mice'.

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21. Oktober 2021

New paper from Armin's group: 'Collective behavior emerges from genetically controlled simple behavioral motifs in zebrafish'

Harpaz et al. (2021) is out! Roy, Ariel, Sydney, Sierra, Marie-Abèle, Florian, Mark and Armin found that changes in the genetic makeup of individuals can alter collective behavior. They demonstrated that genetic mutations associated with human social behavior, in individual larval zebrafish can affect collective behaviors in a predictable way.

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5. Oktober 2021

Visit and talk by Lukas Anneser

On Friday Lukas Anneser visited Konstanz to give the inaugural lecture of the new Centre for Visual Computing of Collectives. In his fascinating talk he linked the expression of a specific hormone (neuropeptide parathyroid hormone 2) through mechanosensation to the encoding of social density in Zebrafish. It was great to have Lukas over for a visit and we look forward to more hybrid talks.

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30. September 2021

'Circuits and Behavior' conference

Our visit to the 'Circuits and Behavior' conference in Tuscany was a great success. The combination of interesting presentations, fruitful discussions, and delicious italian food created a fantastic atmosphere. We went back to Konstanz with many new ideas and are looking forward to Neurotuscany 2022 and many more (online) discussions in the meantime.

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2. September 2021

Visit by Florian Engert (Harvard University)

This week Florian visited our lab and the surroundings of Konstanz. With many sporty activities and lots of scientific discussions, we look back at a few very exciting days.

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20. Juni 2021

New Paper from Armin's and Katrin's Group: Navigational strategies underlying temporal phototaxis in Drosophila larvae

Maxwell's paper on Drosophila larval phototaxis is out: In this paper we test the ability of Drosophila larvae to navigate virtual luminance gradients, only providing them with temporal brightness cues. We find that animals can integrate brightness information over time during decision-making. Congratulations to an absolutely outstanding undergraduate, Maxwell Zhu, who came up with the experimental paradigm and has done all those experiments. It has been a pleasure working with you!

https://journals.biologists.com/jeb/article-abstract/224/11/jeb242428/269086/Navigational-strategies-underlying-temporal

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10. Juni 2021

Talks by Sandra Fendl and Jonatan Malis (MPI-N Munich)

Sandra and Jonatan from the Borst lab visited us and gave two wonderful talks about the cellular and molecular mechanisms of Drosophila sensory processing.

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7. Mai 2021

New paper from Einat’s group: Social modulation of individual preferences in cockroaches

What is the reason for behaving differently in public? Working on this question in gregarious cockroaches that use communal housing (shelters), they have discovered that the reason relates to interactions between food- and social- sensitive neurons.

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21. Januar 2021

Talk by Nikolai Hörmann (MPI-N Munich)

Niko talked about his PhD work that he did in the lab of Alexander Borst: "A combinatorial code of transcription factors specifies subtypes of visual motion-sensing neurons in Drosophila". He agreed to come back in February to help us set up RNA-sequencing-related techniques.

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30. Oktober 2020

Presentation by Katja Slangewal (MPI-N Munich)

Katja Slangewal from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (Martinsried) presents her Master thesis work on "How fish see friends: characterizing social motion tuned neurons over development". Exciting results und very well delivered!

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9. Oktober 2020

Max Capelle (TU Delft) presents his Master thesis

Max Capelle, visiting us from the lab of Daan Brinks at TU Delft, presents his Master thesis "VISION: Voltage Imaging-based Spatial-feature Identification for Optimisation of Neurosimulations".

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2. Oktober 2020

Simone and Alina present their Master thesis

Simone Rencken and Alina Batzilla, visiting from the EMBL in Heidelberg, are here to present their works on genomic sequencing and nervous system development.

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11. September 2020

Joe Donovan visiting for early-stage microscope planning

Joe, visiting from the MPI-N Munich. Next time, he'll give a talk!

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7. September 2020

Talk by Florian Engert

Florian Engert (Harvard University) presented his work on the neural basis of emotional states in zebrafish.

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3. September 2020

Armin & Katrin join the Department

We welcome Armin and Katrin to our Department.

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1. September 2020