Department of Neurobiology, University of Osnabrück

News


NEW POSITIONS:
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The Department of Neurobiology is part of the new University-funded Research Training Group “EvoCell – Cellular mechanisms of evolutionary innovation”.
Motivated candidates with a strong background and interest in cell biology or bioinformatics are welcome to apply for the project “The evolution of cytoskeletal regulation and neuronal complexity”. (General Announcement) (Information for applicants) (Announcement for the Neurobiology Project)

JUST PUBLISHED:
Anne Gauthier-Kemper*, María Suárez Alonso*, Frederik Sündermann, Benedikt Niewidok, Maria-Pilar Fernandez, Lidia Bakota, Jürgen J. Heinisch, Roland Brandt (2018) Annexins A2 and A6 interact with the extreme N-terminus of tau and thereby contribute to tau’s axonal localization (*both authors contributed equally). J. Biol. Chem. 293:8065-8076

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Schematic representation showing how tau’s interaction to annexin A6 may contribute to axonal retention of tau at physiological conditions.

JUST PUBLISHED:
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Benedikt Niewidok*, Maxim Igaev*, Abel Pereira da Graca, Andre Strassner, Christine Lenzen, Christian P. Richter, Jacob Piehler, Rainer Kurre and Roland Brandt (2018) Single-Molecule Imaging Reveals Dynamic Biphasic Partition of RNA-Binding Proteins in Stress Granules (*both authors contributed equally). J. Cell Biol. 217:1303–1318.

UPCOMING SYMPOSIUM:
9th Westerberger Herbsttagung on the Perspectives of Molecular Neurobiology:
"Psychological and biological aspects of explicit and implicit memory"
Thursday, September 27, 2018, University of Osnabrück
(1st Announcement)
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RECENT DEPARTMENTAL SEMINAR:
The PhD/Postdoc Career Center of the University of Osnabrück (ZePrOs): Concepts and Service (S. Mehlmann, Zentrum für Promovierende und Postdocs (ZePrOs)) (Presentation for download)

RECENT REVIEW:

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Microtubules in the neurodegenerative triad of Alzheimer’s disease
(from: Brandt and Bakota (2017) Microtubule dynamics and the neurodegenerative triad of Alzheimer’s disease: The hidden connection. J. Neurochem. 143:409-417)

MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS:
April 26-27, 2018: EUROTAU 2018, Lille, France.
July 4-6, 2018: 11th International Meeting on Substrate-Integrated Microelectrode Arrays (MEAs), Reutlingen.
July 7-11, 2018: 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Berlin.
Sept. 20-22, 2018: Meeting of the GBM-Study Goup "Molecular Neurobiology": "Dynamics of the Nervous System in Health and Disease", Marburg.
Oct. 19-21, 2018: 2nd Sino-German Symposium: "Development and Maintenance of Brain Function: From Basic Mechanisms to Disease", Berlin.

PUBLIC OUTREACH:
February 22-23, 2018 (in German): Fortbildungsveranstaltung für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer des Fürstenberg-Gymnasiums Recke zur kindlichen Entwicklungspsychologie: "'I am my connectome' - Wie sich neuronale Netzwerke entwickeln, reifen und verfeinern und was das mit Lernen zu tun hat" (R. Brandt).
March 5, 2018 (in German): Fortbildungsveranstaltung am Institut für Didaktik der Universität Duisburg-Essen "Erinnern, Vergessen und die Alzheimer Erkrankung" (R. Brandt).


Basic Information


In 2002, a new Department of Neurobiology was installed on a lab space of about 200 square meters and a functional space of additional 100 square meters in the Institute of Biology at the University of Osnabrück. The Department belongs to the School of Biology/Chemistry and is associated with the Institute of Cognitive Science. The research of the Department focusses on the mechanisms of neural development and degeneration on the molecular, cellular and systemic level. Techniques include S1 and S2 cell and organotypic culture (including gene transfer with Sindbis and Lentivirus), laser scanning microscopy and quantitative image analysis, electrophysiology (extracellular recordings using microelectrode arrays), and breeding, genotyping and characterization of transgenic mouse lines. Teaching involves participation in the Bachelor and Master programs "Biosciences" and the Bachelor program "Cognitive Sciences". The Department consists of three research groups (AG Bakota, AG Brandt and AG Jeserich (retired)). Every two years, members of the Department organize the Westerberger Herbsttagung. The Department is part of the Collaborative Research Center 944 (SFB 944) and the Center of Cellular Nanoanalytics Osnabrück (CellNanOs).  


Departmental Seminars 2018


Seminar room Neurobiology (room 36-334)

Date Speaker and Title
Tuesday, January 23, 2 pmSpecial Seminar on "Perspectives in Structural and Functional Neurobiology": Understanding Neurodegeneration through Microscopic Imaging and Multi Electrode Array (MEA) Recordings of Mouse and Tissue Culture Models of Alzheimer's Disease (L. Bakota)
Tuesday, January 30, 11 amYearly Safety Instructions: General lab safety, Biological safety (W. Hamann, R. Brandt)
Tuesday, February 13, 11 amThe PhD/Postdoc Career Center of the University of Osnabrück (ZePrOs): Concepts and Service (S. Mehlmann, Zentrum für Promovierende und Postdocs (ZePrOs))
Tuesday, April 24, 11 amNeurobiological Seminar within the SFB: Neuronal Tropomyosins - Function and Regulation (T. Fath, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
ATTENTION DIFFERENT ROOM: Lecture Hall CellNanOS (38/201)
Tuesday, May 29, 11 amScientific publishing: Authorship and author credit (R. Brandt)

Attendance is mandatory for bachelor, master, doctoral and postdoctoral members of the Department and open to everybody.
Seminar language is English