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PhD Defensio - December 04, 2017

Functional characterization of serotonin transporter mutations in Drosophila


Master's Defensio - December 14, 2017

Neurocircuit organization of unilateral sensory neuron
Advisor: Thomas Hummel


Master's Defensio - November 24, 2017
Michael SACKEL

Pharmacochaperoning of a misfolded dopamine transporter mutant
Advisor: Thomas Hummel


Master's Defensio - November 10, 2017

Analysis of synaptic connectivity in a Drosophila model for neurodegeneration
Advisor: Thomas Hummel


Master's Defensio - November 8, 2017

Perception of polarized light in the ctenid spider Cupiennius salei.
Advisor: Axel Schmid


FWF Grant for Harald Tichy


P 30594: Duftkodierung durch antagonistische ON und OFF Reaktionen




PhD Defensio,  September 29, 2017
Rimmie KAUR



Poster Prize

15th Meeting of the Austrian Neuroscience Association (ANA)

On Sept. 25, 2017 Rashmit KAUR received a prize for her poster entitled "Split-Brain in a fly: Developmental mechanisms underlying bi-lateral nervous system organization".






New Master Student in November 2017 - Welcome to the Department !


Advisor: Thomas Hummel



New Master Student in October 2017 - Welcome to the Department !


Advisor: Thomas Hummel




3rd Place at "Falling Walls Lab Austria" for Rupinder KAUR
with  "Breaking the Wall of Insect Pest Control" (April 24th, 2017).

Rupinder Kaur (Second from the Right)

Poster Prize

EMBO/EMBL Symposium : Neural Circuits in the Past, Present and Future (Heidelberg, Germany)

On May 15, 2017 Rashmit KAUR received a prize for her poster entitled "Split-Brain in a fly: Understanding the development and evoluton of bilateral neural circuits".





New Zookeeper -  Welcome to the Department!

Claudia GRAFL



New Trainee - Welcome to the Department !

Gregor DÖRL



New Master Student in April 2017 - Welcome to the Department !

Sebastian (Schorsch) ERATH, BSc

Advisor: Thomas Hummel



New Master Student in April 2017 - Welcome to the Department !

Michael  SURALA, BSc

Advisor: Thomas Hummel



New Master Student in December 2016 - Welcome to the Department !

Sebastian Hoger, BSc

Advisor: Thomas Hummel




Master's Defensio - November 7, 2016
Katrin Pratsch
GRASP Dynamics in the Drosophila Olfactory System.
Advisor: Thomas Hummel

Poster Prize

Vienna Doctoral School Cognition, Behaviour and Neuroscience (CoBeNe) Kick-Off and
6th Vienna Neuroscience Network Meeting

On October 11th 2016 Rashmit KAUR (middle) received a prize for her poster entitled "Molecular mechanism coordinating sensory axon branching and targeting in the Drosophila olfactory system".




Latest Papers

Barth FG (2017)
Remembering Franz Huber (November 20, 1925-April 27, 2017), a pioneer of insect neuroethology.
J Comp Physiol A, DOI: 10.1007/s00359-017-1225-1


Asjad HMM, Kasture A, El-Kasaby A, Sackel M, Hummel T, Freissmuth M, Sucic S (2017)
Pharmacochaperoning in a Drosophila Model System Rescues Human Dopamine Transporter Variants Associated with Infantile/Juvenile Parkinsonism.
J Biol Chem. 2017 Sep 29. pii: jbc.M117.797092. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M117.797092.

Tichy H, Hellwig M and Kallina W (2017)
Revisiting theories of humidity transduction: a focus on electrophysiological data.
Front. Physiol. 8:650. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00650


Tichy H, Hellwig M and Zopf LM (2016)
The rate of concentration change and how it determines the resolving power of cockroach olfactory receptor neurons.
Front. Physiol. 7:645. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00645

Tobias S. Kaiser,    Birgit Poehn,    David Szkiba,    Marco Preussner,    Fritz J. Sedlazeck,    Alexander Zrim,    Tobias Neumann,    Lam-Tung Nguyen,    Andrea J. Betancourt,    Thomas Hummel,    Heiko Vogel,    Silke Dorner,    Florian Heyd, Arndt von Haeseler  & Kristin Tessmar-Raible (2016)  
The genomic basis of circadian and circalunar timing adaptations in a midge
Published online 21 November 2016
Nature, doi:10.1038/nature20151

Streinzer M
, Huber W, Spaethe J (2016)
Body size limits dim-light foraging activity in stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini)
J Comp Physiol A 202: 643-655. DOI 10.1007/s00359-016-1118-8

Dyer AG, Streinzer M, Garcia J (2016)
Flower detection and acuity of the Australian native stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria Sm
J Comp Physiol A: 202: 629-639. Doi 10.1007/s00359-016-1107-y

Abhishek Kulkarni A, Ertekin D, Chi-Hon Lee C-H, Hummel T (2016)
Birth order dependent growth cone segregation determines synaptic layer identity in the Drosophila visual system
eLife 2016;10.7554/eLife.13715, published: March 17, 2016
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.13715

Hellwig M, Tichy H (2016)
Rising background odor concentration reduces sensitivity of ON and OFF olfactory receptor neurons for changes in concentration.

Front Physiol 7: 63. doi:10.3389/fphys.2016.00063, published March 1, 2016

Jersakova J, Spaethe J, Streinzer  M, Neumayer J, Paulus H, Dötterl S, Johnson SD (2016).
Does Traunsteinera globosa (the globe orchid) dupe its pollinators through generalized food deception or mimicry?
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 10.1111/boj.12364

Ameya Kasture, Ali El-Kasaby, Daniel Szöllősi, H. M. Mazhar Asjad, Alexandra Grimm, Thomas Stockner, Thomas Hummel, Michael Freissmuth, Sonja Sucic (2016)
Functional rescue of a misfolded Drosophila melanogaster dopamine transporter mutant associated with a sleepless phenotype by pharmacological chaperones
J Biol Chemistry, first published on August 1, 2016
doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.737551

Valverde Serrano C, Leemreize H, Bar-On B, Barth FG, Fratzl P, Zolotoyabko E, Politi Y (2016)
Ordering of protein and water molecules at their interface with chitin nano-crystals.
J Struct Biol 193:124-131


Young SL,Chyasnavichyus M, Barth FG, Fratzl P, Zlotnikov I, Politi Y, Tsukruk VV (2016)
Micromechanical properties of strain-sensitive lyriform organs of a wandering spider (Cupiennius salei).
Acta Biomaterialia 41:40-51


Schorkopf DL, de Sá Filho FG, Maia-Silva C, Schorkopf M, Hrncir M, Barth FG (2016)
Nectar profitability, not empty honey stores, stimulate recruitment and foraging in Melipona scutellaris (Apidae, Meliponini).
J Comp Physiol A 202 (9,10): 14 pp; doi:10.1007/s00359-016-1102-3  


Barth FG (2016)
125 Jahre ‘Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft‘ (DZG) – von der Zootomie zur Epigenetik und Kognitionsforschung.
Zoologie 2015, Mitteilungen d Dtsch Zool Ges, 7-19  



Prize for Photo

Awards ceremony 15.4.2015

Rashmit KAUR’s picture has been selected for the top 3 winners of the 650 year celebration photo contest of the Faculty of Life Sciences.



Drosophila Brain
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