Department of Neurobiology, University of Osnabrück


JUST PUBLISHED (Febr. 12, 2020):
Carolina Ortiz-Sanz, Jorge Valero, Lidia Bakota, Roland Brandt, José Luis Zugaza, Carlos Matute, Elena Alberdi (2020) Early effects of amyloid beta oligomers on dendritic spine dynamics and arborization in hippocampal neurons. Front. Synaptic Neurosci. 12:2


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The Department of Neurobiology is part of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) "TubInTrain", an European Joint Doctorate whose mission is to provide a Double Doctorate level training programme, valid throughout all Europe. (Homepage of "TubInTrain")
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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 CRC 944)

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

February 17, 2020: Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, CSIC, Madrid, Spain (R. Brandt: Talk)
April 2-4, 2020: 71. Mosbacher Kolloquium: The world of RNA, Mosbach (A.C. Söhnel, R. Brandt)
April 27-28, 2020: Euro-Tau, Lille, France (M. Rierola: Talk; L. Bakota; R. Brandt: Talk).
May 6-8, 2020: EvoCell Meeting, Leipzig (N. Trushina; R. Brandt)
May 13-14, 2020: TubInTrain Workshop H2020 “Focus on recent advances on Neurodegeneration”, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland (S. Attanasio; A. Soliman; R. Brandt)
July 11-15, 2020: "12th FENS Forum of Neuroscience", Glasgow, UK (M. Hrynchak)
July 19-21, 2020: IZN Symposium, Kloster Schöntal (R. Brandt: Talk)
October 24-28, 2020: "Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience", Washington, USA (N. Abreu, R.Brandt)
December 5-9, 2020: "Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology", Philadelphia, USA (C. Conze)

The Department of Neurobiology participates in the "Forschungsbörse" of the Ministry of Science and Education (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).
University-school partnership "Neurobiologie macht Schule": School visits at the St.-Pius-Gymnasium, Coesfeld (5.3.2020); Fabritianum, Krefeld (26.03.2020).
"Webinar Volkshochschulen Deutschland" (in German): "Stand des Wissens: Was steckt hinter der Alzheimer-Krankheit" (22.10.20)

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 program "Biologie", the Bachelor program "Cognitive Sciences", the Master program "Biologie/Biology - from Molecules to Organisms" and the Master program "Nanosciences - Materials, Molecules and Cells". 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 2020

Seminar room Neurobiology (room 36-334)

Date Speaker and Title
Tuesday, February 4, 11 amYearly Safety Instructions: General lab safety, Biological safety (W. Hamann, R. Brandt)
Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 amRegulations of rodent animal housing and handling (L. Bakota)
Tuesday, March 10, 11 amMeeting Report: SfN Chicago and SFB Retreat Schloss Etelsen (L. Bakota, R. Brandt, M. Hrynchak, M. Rierola)
Tuesday, April 21, 11 amt.b.a. (A.C. Söhnel)

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