Department of Neurobiology, University of Osnabrück


The Department of Neurobiology is excited to be part of the new 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. (Press release - in German)
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Nataliya Trushina, Lidia Bakota, Armen Mulkidjanian and Roland Brandt (2019) The evolution of tau phosphorylation and interactions. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 11:256

Nataliya Trushina, Armen Mulkidjanian and Roland Brandt (2019) The microtubule skeleton and the evolution of neuronal complexity in vertebrates. Biol. Chem. 400:1163-1179.

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)
June 17-18, 2019: EvoCell Retreat, Bohmte (N. Trushina: Talk)
October 9, 2019: University of Modena, Italy (R. Brandt: Talk)
October 16-18, 2019: SFB Retreat, Schloss Etelsen (N. Abreu: Talk; N. Trushina: Poster; L. Bakota)
October 19-23, 2019: "Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience", Chicago, USA (M. Rierola: Poster; M. Hrynchak: Poster; R.Brandt)

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).
University-school partnership "Neurobiologie macht Schule": School visits at the Otto-Pankok Gymnasium Mühlheim/Ruhr (07.01.2019), Gymnasium Martinum, Emsdetten (17.01.2019), Gymnasium Goergianum, Vreden (28.01.2019), Gymnasium Augustinianum, Greven (07.02.2019), Euregio-Gesamtschule, Rheine (27.02.2019), Gymnasium Fabritianum, Krefeld (21.03.2019), Gymnasium Goergianum, Vreden (06.11.2019), Kardinal-von-Gelen Gymnasium, Mettingen (14.11.19), Gymnasium Martinum, Emsdetten (21.11.2019), Fürstenberg Gymnasium, Recke (05.12.2019).

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 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, 1 pmLinear regression on categorical variables: Quantification of effects in biological studies (A. Krusenbaum)
Monday, June 3, 10 amSeminar on imaging of mouse tissue, part I (via Skype: Tahir Muhammad, South Korea)
Monday, June 3, 1 pmSeminar on imaging of mouse tissue, part II (via Skype: Macarena Pozo Morales, Spain)
Monday, June 3, 3 pmSeminar on imaging of mouse tissue, part III (via Skype: Alejandro Rivera-Olvera, Mexico)
Tuesday, June 4, 3 pmSeminar on imaging of mouse tissue, part IV, Identification of an antalgic peptide TAFA4’s receptor (via Skype: Abderazzaq El Khallouqi, Morocco)
Friday, June 7, 1 pmSeminar on imaging of mouse tissue, part V (via Skype: Kerli Tulva, Netherlands)
Tuesday, June 11, 11 amRigor and reproducibility in basic research: Designing a rigorous microscopy experiment (R. Brandt)
Tuesday, November 12, 11 amWriting a thesis in LaTeX (B. Niewidok)
postponed to 2020Meeting Report: SfN Chicago and SFB Retreat Schloss Etelsen (L. Bakota, R. Brandt, M. Hrynchak, M. Rierola)

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