Department of Neurobiology, University of Osnabrück


The Department of Neurobiology invites applications for a PhD position on the analysis of molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration during Alzheimer’s disease starting earliest June 2019; for details see:
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Nataliya Trushina, Armen Mulkidjanian and Roland Brandt (2019) The microtubule skeleton and the evolution of neuronal complexity in vertebrates. Biol. Chem., in press.
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Claudia Schob, Fabio Morellini, Ora Ohana, Lidia Bakota, Mariya V. Hrynchak, Roland Brandt, Marco D. Brockmann, Nicole Cichon, Henrike Hartung, Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, Vanessa Kraus, Sarah Scharf, Irm Herrmans-Borgmeyer, Michaela Schweizer, Dietmar Kuhl, Markus Wöhr, Karl J. Vörckel, Julia Calzada-Wack, Helmut Fuchs, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Craig C. Garner, Hans-Jürgen Kreienkamp and Stefan Kindler (2019) Cognitive impairment and autistic-like behaviour in SAPAP4-deficient mice. Transl. Psychiatry 9:7.

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The Department of Neurobiology is part of the 3rd funding period of the Collaborative Research Center 944 (SFB 944) "Physiology and Dynamics of Cellular Microcompartments" of the University of Osnabrück (2019-2022) (Homepage of the SFB) (Press release - in German)

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The Department of Neurobiology is part of the University-funded Research Training Group “EvoCell – Cellular mechanisms of evolutionary innovation”. (General Information)

The Department of Neurobiology (PI R. Brandt) cooperates with the Department of Pharmacy, Central University of Rajasthan (India, PI R. Malik) on the development of GSK3b inhibitors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The project is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  

March 20-23, 2019: 13th Göttingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society (C. Gach: Poster).
April 4-6, 2019: 70th Mosbacher Kolloquium - "High-resolution imaging of cells and molecules" (B. Niewidok: Poster; R. Brandt)
October 19-23, 2019: "Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience", Chicago, USA

February 18, 2019 (in German): Fortbildungsveranstaltung am Institut für Didaktik der Universität Duisburg-Essen "Erinnern, Vergessen und die Alzheimer Erkrankung" (R. Brandt).
The Department of Neurobiology participates in the "Forschungsbörse" of the Ministry of Science and Education (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).

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 2019

Seminar room Neurobiology (room 36-334)

Date Speaker and Title
Tuesday, January 29, 11 amYearly Safety Instructions: General lab safety, Biological safety (W. Hamann, R. Brandt)
Friday, March 15, 10 amSeminar on molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, part I (N. Mishra, Münster)
Monday, March 18, 1 pmSeminar on molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, part II (via Skype: L. Bakhtazad, Teheran)
Monday, March 18, 3 pmSeminar on molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, part III (via Skype: L. Jammal Salameh, Haifa)
Monday, March 25, 10 amSeminar on molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, part IV (A. Söhnel, Münster)
Tuesday, March 26, 11 amTransfection with octadecyl-terminated viologen dendrimers and viologen lipids (D. Bongard)
Tuesday, May 7, 11 amLinear regression on categorical variables: Quantification of effects in biological studies (A. Krusenbaum)
Tuesday, May 28, 11 amRigor in basic research: Reproducibility, replication, blinding (R. Brandt)
Tuesday, June 25, 11 amt.b.a.
Tuesday, October 29, 11 amt.b.a.
Tuesday, November 26, 11 amt.b.a.

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