Department of Neurobiology, University of Osnabrück


As a precaution due to COVID-19, Lab meetings and Departmental seminars will only take place Web-based or via email.

10th Westerberger Herbsttagung on the Perspectives of Molecular Biology - "Membranes and the Cytoskeleton in Health and Neurodegenerative Disease" (Poster) (Program)

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NEW PREPRINT (June 12, 2022):
Marina Rierola, Nataliya I. Trushina, Nanci Monteiro-Abreu, Christian Conze, Michael Holtmannspötter, Rainer Kurre, Max Holzer, Thomas Arendt, Jürgen J. Heinisch, Roland Brandt and Lidia Bakota (2022) Tau and α-synuclein shape microtubule organization and microtubule-dependent transport in neuronal dendrites. (biorxiv)

Online Seminar of the Department on June 8, 2022:
International Seminar on Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration (Announcement)

Christian Conze, Marina Rierola, Nataliya I. Trushina, Michael Peters, Dennis Janning, Max Holzer, Jürgen J. Heinisch, Thomas Arendt, Lidia Bakota and Roland Brandt (2022) Caspase-cleaved tau is senescence-associated and induces a toxic gain of function by putting a brake on axonal transport. Molecular Psychiatry 27:3010-3023. (Springer Nature Sharing)

Anna-Carina Söhnel, Nataliya I. Trushina and Roland Brandt (2022) Monitoring and quantification of the dynamics of stress granule components in living cells by fluorescence decay after photoactivation. Methods in Molecular Biology 2428:243-259.  

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On February 1, 2002, on the initiative of Osnabrück University, a neurobiological Department was set up by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture in the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry. We are celebrating 20 years of research and teaching in the inspiring environment of the University! (Research Mission)

Ahmed Soliman, Lidia Bakota and Roland Brandt (2022) Microtubule-modulating agents in the fight against neurodegeneration: Will it ever work? Current Neuropharmacology 20:782-798. (Summary)

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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)

February 11-12, 2022: TubInTrain Meeting, Straßbourg, France (S. Attanasio, N. Bisi, J. Kothuis, A. Soliman)
February 14-15, 2022: EvoCell Meeting, Leipzig (N. Trushina) - cancelled due to COVID precautions
March 24-25, 2022: TubInTrain Meeting, Milano, Italy (S. Attanasio, N. Bisi, J. Kothuis, A. Soliman)
April 12-15, 2022: Synuclein Meeting, Leuven, Belgium (S. Attanasio, N. Bisi, J. Kothuis, M. Rierola: Poster)
May 9, 2022: Double Science Lecture at the University of Plymouth, UK (L. Bakota, R. Brandt: Talks)
May 23-27, 2022: EMBO Workshop "Molecular Neurobiology", Heraklion, Greece (N. Trushina: Poster)
May 23-27, 2022: Cajal Course: "Extracellular Electrophysiology Acquisition" (N. Abreu)
May 25-June 3, 2022: GFPP22-BGPM5 Joint Meeting of the French and Belgian Peptides and Proteins Societies, Port-Leucate, France (N. Bisi: Poster)
June 2-June 34, 2022: Neurotechnology: NIN Summer School, Amsterdam, Netherlands (N. Abreu: Poster)
June 8-10, 2022: Young Researchers in Life Sciences (YRLS) Meeting, Paris, France (N. Bisi: Talk)
June 8-11, 2022: EMBO/EMBL Symposium: "Microtubules - From atoms to complex systems", Heidelberg (N. Trushina: Poster)
June 28, 2022: Journée École Doctorale (JED) 2022, Paris, France (N. Bisi: Talk)
July 4-6, 2022: 29th Young Research Fellows Meeting (YRFM), organized by the Société de Chimie Thérapeutique (SCT), Nantes, France (N. Bisi: Talk)
July 7-8, 2022: European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students (ENCODS), Paris, France (A. Soliman: Poster)
August 25-27, 2022: "International Symposium on Pathomechanisms of Amyloid Diseases", Catania, Italy (S. Attanasio: Poster)
September 29, 2022: 10th Westerberger Herbsttagung, Osnabrück (S. Attanasio, A. Soliman, N. Trushina, K. Tulva)
October 6-7, 2022: TubInTrain Meeting, Alcala, Spain (S. Attanasio, N. Bisi, J. Kothuis, A. Soliman)
October 13, 2022: Paris-Saclay Cytoskeleton Day, Paris, France (R. Brandt: Talk)

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 Gymnasium Martinum, Emsdetten (26.01.2022) and the Irena-Sendler-Gesamtschule, Ahaus (23.02.2022).

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 2022

Seminar room Neurobiology (room 36-334)

Date Speaker and Title
Tuesday, January 25, 11 am (online)Yearly Safety Instructions: General lab safety, Biological safety (W. Hamann, R. Brandt)
Tuesday, February 22, 11 am (online)Meeting report: "Society for Neuroscience Meeting 2021" (N. Abreu)
Tuesday, May 3, 11 am (online)Selected aspects of "good scientific practice": The reproducibility crisis in science (R. Brandt)
Tuesday, June 7, 11 am (online)Basic statistics for neurobiologists (L. Bakota)
Wednesday, June 8 (online)International Seminar on Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: 9 am: Lisha Sing (New Dehli), 11 am: Nana Oye Awuku (Homburg), 4 pm: Philipp Straube (Duisburg-Essen)
Tuesday, July 12, 11 am (online)Meeting report: "Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) Summer School and Cajal Course about Extracellular Electrophysiology Acquisition" (N. Abreu)
Tuesday, July 19, 11 am (online)Meeting report: "Synuclein Meeting 2022 in Leuven" (S. Attanasio and N. Bisi)
Tuesday, July 26, 11 am (online)Effect of tau on tubulin: Data from X-ray diffraction and biochemical analyses (A. Soliman)
Coming in fallMeeting report: "Microtubules: from atoms to complex systems" (N. Trushina)
Coming in fallFELASA Meeting report part 1: "Creating and maintaining genetically altered animals" (L. Bakota)
Coming in fallFELASA Meeting report part 2: "Experimental design" (L. Bakota)

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