Neuroscience at IST Austria covers multiple approaches, from structural, molecular, cellular, and systems level of analysis, to computational neuroscience and the study of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Understanding the function of the brain is one of the major challenges in modern life sciences. Particularly intriguing questions are how higher brain functions in brain circuits, such as encoding of information (Tkacik), learning and memory (Csicsvari), motor circuits (Sweeney), neuronal basis of innate behaviors (Jösch) and dysfunctions such as epilepsy, autism, or schizophrenia (Novarino) emerge from elementary processes, such as molecular, cellular, and synaptic components (de Bono, Jonas, Shigemoto, Siegert) and their development (Hippenmeyer). In the multidisciplinary neuroscience track, we aim to examine brain function at multiple levels in both health and disease, as well as develop computational models (Vogels) and advanced techniques and optical tools (Danzl) for addressing these research questions.
A wide variety of cutting-edge techniques such as nanophysiology, nanophotonics, electron imaging, patch-clamp recording, genetics and genomics, mosaic analysis with double markers (MADM), 4D live-imaging, optogenetics, signal processing, computational modeling, neuronal network and behavioral analysis are employed to probe the complexity of animal neuronal systems.
COMPLETE neuroscience RESEARCH GROUP DETAILS ON IST AUSTRIA’S MAIN SITE:
- Systems Neuroscience
- High-resolution Optical Imaging for Biology
- Genes, Circuits, and Behavior
MARIO DE BONO
- Genetic Dissection of Cerebral Cortex Development
- Synaptic Communication in Hippocampal Microcircuits
- Tissue Growth and Developmental Pattern Formation
- Genetic and Molecular Basis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Molecular Neuroscience
- Neuroimmunology in Health and Disease
- Evolution, Development and Function of Motor Circuits
- Theoretical Biophysics and Neuroscience
- Computational Neuroscience and Neurotheory