Developmental, Neural, and Behavioral Biology

This Master program is interdisciplinary and prepares you for independent work in research. We teach molecular genetics of development, neuroscience, and behavioral biology. You may choose to focus on one of these topics or to get an overview on several topics.

We offer training in a broad spectrum of topics and techniques like for instance the molecular, genetic and cellular basis of development and stem cell biology. Modern imaging methods, light induced control of neural activity (optogenetics) and electrophysiological methods are applied to study cognition and behavior. Observation of primates aim at gaining a deeper understanding of behavior.

Due to the involvement of many labs of the faculties of Biology and Medicine, the Max-Planck-Institutes and the primate center you may choose from a broad selection of model systems like cell culture (e.g. cancer cell lines, induced stem cells), several arthropods (e.g. fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum, spider), vertebrates (frog Xenopus laevis, zebrafish Danio rerio, mouse, primates).

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