The department of Erin Schuman focuses on the stability and plasticity of synapses- using most available techniques and approaches, including modern cellular and molecular imaging techniques, electrophysiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.
The department of Gilles Laurent focuses on neural computation in olfactory, visual and associative areas of three-layered cerebral cortex, using electrophysiological, imaging, computational and molecular techniques.
The department of Moritz Helmstaedter develops and applies methods for measuring communication maps of neuronal circuits, connectomes. They strive to push the frontiers of connectomics to make the mapping of neuronal circuits a high-throughput technique.
Max Planck Research Groups
Tatjana Tchumatchenko and Johannes Letzkus joined us as Max Planck Research Group Leaders in the summer of 2013. More recently (2016), Hiroshi Ito and Julijana Gjorgieva joined the Institute.
Max Planck Fellow
Since July 2014, Amparo Acker-Palmer joined the MPI as a Max Planck Fellow.
Prof. Dr. med. Heinrich Betz.
Prof. Dr. Heinz Wässle.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolf Singer. Wolf Singer's lab is still active and operational, and remains located at the old Max Planck Institute's building in Niederrad and transferred to the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI). Also, part of the ESI are the former MPI-BR Emeritus Research Group "Developmental Neurobiology" (Hermann Rohrer) and Project Group "Comparative Anatomy of the Mammalian Retina" (Leo Peichl).
Our new institute contains shared research facilities designed to facilitate and optimize the use and development of techniques shared by multiple laboratories. Our core scientific services now include facilities for imaging, proteomics and scientific computing.
Max Planck Research Unit of Neurogenetics
Our new institute building also houses the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics of Dr. Peter Mombaerts.
Where to find us?
Our institute is located on the Riedberg Campus.