Faculty of MolNeuro

Our Research Program focuses on studying the molecular and cellular bases of the healthy and pathological nervous system. This includes understanding how nerve cells establish connections with each other in a specific way and over great distances, how the differentiation into diverse cell types of the nervous system is controlled, and how receptor and signal molecules recognize and integrate information during the development of the nervous system. The search for responsible mechanisms has been expanded by a proteomic approach, enabling the study of molecular interactions in the case of neurodegenerative diseases and the development of new treatment approaches. A further approach is to clarify the role of adult stem cells in plastic alterations in the brain, which also offers clinical perspectives.


Development of the Nervous System


Prof. Fritz Rathjen

Prof. Carmen Birchmeier

Prof. Victor Tarabykin

Prof. Thomas Willnow

Dr Gregory Wulczyn


Physiology of the Nervous System

Prof. Gary Lewin

Prof. Thomas Jentsch

Prof. Jochen Meier

Dr. Ines Ibanez-Tallon

Dr. Andrew Plested

Dr. Jan Siemens

Dr. Björn Schroeder



Cell Biology of the Nervous System

Prof. Volker Haucke

Prof. Michael Bader

Prof. Helmut Kettenmann

Prof. Christian Rosenmund

Prof. Stephan Sigrist


Animal Behaviour

Dr. James Poulet

Prof. Constance Scharff





Prof. Erich Wanker







Former PIs of the MolNeuro Program


Prof. Dr. Dietmar Kuhl       Molecular and Cellular Cognition

                                             Zentrum für Molekulare Neurobiologie Hamburg


Prof. Dr. Robert Nitsch      Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

                                             Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie


Dr Jan Siemens                 Universität Heidelberg

                                             Institut für Pharmakologie


Prof. Dr. Frauke Zipp       Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

                                            Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie