Retinal Circuits and Optogenetics

Junior Research Group

We use the mammalian retina as a model system to explore how the structure of neural circuits and their funtion are interrelated.

Our work has two major focus areas. First, we study the healthy retina, and explore structure and connectivity of retinal circuits that allow complex imaging computations to be peformed. Second, we use the retinas of animals affected by blindness to explore novel genetic tools to restore the function of the retina after retinal degeneration. Our group is also member of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen.

Our methodologies span a wide range covering molecular biology, genetics, electrophysiology, imaging, histology, and behavioral experiments. Read more...

Group Leader

Thomas Münch

Retinal Circuits and Optogenetics
Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience
Otfried-Müller-Str. 25, Room 3.530
72076 Tübingen

+49 (0)7071 29 89182
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We are located on level 3 of  Otfried-Müller-Straße 25, which is the street level of the building. Note that the linked maps below do not yet contain our new building, and partly refer to the street name wrongly as "Hoppe-Seyler-Str".

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Congratulations to Alexandra Tikidji-Hamburyan, Katja Reinhard, Hartwig Seitter, and Anahit Hovhannisyan! They have published their study on luminance-depenent retinal responses in Nature Neuroscience!

Anahit Hovhannisyan has obtained her PhD and went to UC Santa Cruz to do her postdoc.

Congratulations to Katja Reinhard, Alexandra Tikidji-Hamburyan, Hartwig Seitter, Saad Idrees, Marion Mutter and Boris Benkner! Their methods paper on the use of perforated multi-electrode arrays has been published!

Congratulations to Boris Benkner! His behavioral assessment of mouse visual function is part of a new study which has been published in IOVS.

Congratulations to Katja Reinhard and Alaxandra Tikidji-Hamburyan! For the upcoming ARVO meeting 2014 in Orlanda, Florida, Katja received a travel grant and poster award, and Alexandra's abstracts have been picked to e preseneted as talks.

Welcome to Saad Idrees! He joined our lab to do his PhD.

Congratulations to Marion Mutter! Her work on improving optogenetic vision has been published in PLOS ONE.

Congratulations to Katja Reinhard! She has received the Lush Prize 2013 in the Category Young Researcher.

Congratulations to Boris Benkner! His work on behavioral assessment of mouse visual function has been published in Behavioral Neuroscience.

Congratulations to Britni Crocker! Her work as a rotation student has just been published in Neuron

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Group website last updated: 30 Jul 2015
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News & Press
December 3 2015
Save the Date - CIN Dialogues 2015

The CIN Dialogues discussion series enters its next round. Hear K. Beyreuther, J. Brandstädter, and T. Rentsch on "Aging & Old Age" at the Audimax on Decemberg 3rd, 2015, 19:00h. Chair: W. Backes.

July 16 2015
BAW Announcement - METIS Program

The Board for the Advancement of Women (BAW) announces a new mentoring and training scheme for female researchers: "Success in academic career: How to become a professor?"

July 16 2015
Press Release: Tiny Eye Movements Highlight the World Around Us


Tübingen neuroscientists investigate the role of very small eye movements and their importance in controlling visual input into the brain

July 15 2015
CfA: Tübingen International Summer School 2015

Call for Applications: "Matters of Taste. The Neuroscience and Philosophy of Taste"
Tübingen International Summer School 2015 at Cloister Heiligkreuztal, September 20th - 23rd.

Deadline: July 15th!