We are a cross-disciplinary research group striving to understand the mechanisms underlying the control of natural movement and action sequences.
To this end, we study the adaptive locomotion abilities of insects with a research focus on the function of active tactile sensing (touch) and distributed proprioception (the sense of posture). Methodologically, we combine approaches from behavioural physiology (e.g., motion capture), electrophysiology (e.g., intracellular recordings) and biomimetic modeling in software and hardware.
10/2023 Martin Strube-Bloss, Patrick Günzel, Carmen A. Nebauer and Johannes Spaethe published an article on "Visual asselerated and olfactory decelerated responses during multimodal learning in honeybees" (https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2023.1257465)
09/2023 Dai Owaki, Volker Dürr and Josef Schmitz published an article on "A hierarchical model for external electrical control of an insect, accounting for inter-individual variation of muscle force properties" (https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.85275)
08/2023 Jens Goldammer, Ansgar Büschges and Volker Dürr recently published an article on "Descending interneurons of the stick insect connecting brain neuropiles with the prothoracic ganglion" (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0290359)
08/2023 Cansu Arican, Felix J. Schmitt, Wolfgang Rössler, Martin Strube-Bloss and Martin P. Nawrot recently published the article on "The mushroom body output encodes behavioral decision during sensory-motor transformation" (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2023.08.016)
07/2023 we are pleased to welcome Athil Aliyam Veetil Zynudheen as a PhD candidate and a new member of our team
03/2023 we are pleased to welcome Merit Meschenmoser and Tim Lütkemeyer as PhD candidates and new members of our team.