Neurobiology and Synaptic Function

About us

We are interested in the connection between ultrastructure and function at different levels of the nervous system:

  1. Nervous system: What did the earliest neurons in animals look like and how did they function (in collaboration with Dr. Pawel Burkhardt, Sars, University of Bergen)?
     
  2. Sensory organs: How is ommatidia size regulated in flies and what are the functional consequences in signal detection and processing?
     
  3. Synapses: How does presynaptic ultrastructure affect synaptic signalling in C. elegans?

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Research impact

C. elegans synapse

We use a large variety of imaging techniques including Confocal microscopy, Electron microscopy and synchrotron radiation microtomography. Undergraduate and postgraduate students receive hands-on training and experience in microscopy and image processing through their projects and therefore valuable skill sets for academia as well as industry.

Leadership

Maike Kittelmann

Dr Maike Kittelmann

Senior Research Fellow

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