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Dr. Ilona Grunwald Kadow

Head of the Independent Junior Research Group Sensory Neurogenetics


MPI of Neurobiology, Sensory Neurogenetics


Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Max Planck Research Group
Sensory Neurogenetics
Am Klopferspitz 18
D-82152 Martinsried

Phone: +49 (89) 8578 - 3159
Fax: +49 (89) 8578 - 3152


Research Focus

The lab is interested in the neural basis of chemosensory behaviors and decision-making. To this aim, we combine fly genetics, behavioral analysis, electrophysiology, and functional imaging. Ultimately, we wish to understand how species-specific behaviors have evolved – from genes up to the specific neural circuits underpinning them. A project in the lab will deal with mapping of neural circuits, anatomical analysis of neurons, and their requirement in a specific chemosensory behavior.

Primary Technique(s): fly genetics, cell biological, biochemical, and behavioural assays, anatomy, in vivo electrophysiology, imaging

Model Organism(s): fruitfly and mosquito