Subject areas for theses
Prof. Dr. Harald Wolf, Dr. Sarah Pfeffer, Dr. Torben Stemme
Navigation in desert ants: How do optic flow perceived by the eyes and stride integration interact in distance measurement? And how are olfactory cues and wind cues used in finding back to a plentiful food source?
Action of modern insecticides: What sub-lethal effects do insecticides have on pest species, compared to other effected animals? What neuronal structures are affected by insecticides, and are these effects actually restricted to pest species?
Reconstruction of nerve cells and their connectivity in the desert ant brain: neuronal basis of navigation performance.
Neuroanatomy and nervous system evolution in arthropods, focus on chelicerates.
Chemosensory orientation and navigation in arthropods, particularly scorpions and other chelicerates, ants.
The evolution of jumping in grasshoppers and crickets: morphological analysis of fossil and extant material under the perspective of the biomechanics of jumping.
Modelling of neuronal networks for motor control: the locust flight oscillator demonstrates that modelling approaches can be crucial for a detailed understanding of network properties.
Field work in the Tunisian desert at the basis of these projects is dependent on the future political situation in Tunisia.
Prof. Dr. Annika Herwig, Dr. Victoria Diedrich, Dr. Carola Dreier
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Dr. habil Tamás Röszer
Signals of the nervous system, which control immune-metabolic crosstalk, and allow metabolic adaptation to nutrient limitation and abundance
This project aims to understand the neurological roots of insulin resistance and impaired body weight control. We aim to define the physiology of the interplay between immune cells and metabolic organs, and identify neuroendocrine signals which control this interaction. Applied techniques: in vitro preadipocyte-, adipocyte-, and macrophage culture; analysis of RNA transcription; ELISA; flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry; Western blotting; massive data analysis; image analysis. Thesis topics are offered for Biochemistry Msc; Biology Msc and Advanced Materials Msc students.