Research Highlights

Synaptic transmission
Hausrat et al. (2015) Nat Commun 6: 6872

We could show in a recent publication that the function of Radixin suggests a new mode of synaptic plasticity, in which extrasynaptic receptor resevoirs supply synaptic GABA-A receptors.

DFG Research Unit FOR 2419 "Plasticity versus Stability"

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has granted 2.5 million EUR for the Research Unit FOR 2419 "Plasticity versus Stability: Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Strength" which focusses on the longstanding question of synapse and network plasticity. Two of the seven funded research projects will be performed at the Institute for Molecular Neurogenetics:

Matthias Kneussel, ZMNH Institute for Molecular Neurogenetics
Delivery of plasticity-related proteins (PRPs) in synaptic consolidation

Marina Mikhaylova, Emmy Noether Group Neuronal Protein Transport
Functional interplay of microtubule and actin motors in dendritic compartmentalization

Wolfgang Wagner, ZMNH Institute for Molecular Neurogenetics
Mechanisms of actomyosin-dependent regulation of postsynaptic function and plasticity in Purkinje cells

Thomas Oertner, ZMNH Institute for Synaptic Physiology
Impact of spine endoplasmatic reticulum on synaptic function and plasticity

Froylan Calderon de Anda, ZMNH Junior Research Group Neuronal Development
The role of TAO2 in synapse formation and plasticity

MIchael Frotscher, ZMNH Institute for Structural Neurobiology
Structural plasticity of hippocampal mossy fiber synapses

Christine Gee and Simon Wiegert, ZMNH Institute for Synaptic Physiology
Dynamic rewiring of hippocampal circuits following synaptic plasticity

Press release of the DFG (in German)

October 1st, 2015

We offer positions for

- Master students in biology, biochemistry or molecular medicine and

- Doctoral candidates in the field of medicine who want to do their theses in molecular neurobiology.

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