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 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: 5 Sep 2014
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News & Press
September 22 2014

EMPATHY & SOCIAL INTERACTION – Mechanisms, disorders, social implications

September 22th to 25th, 2014, Cloister Heiligkreuztal

Tübingen International Summer School 2014 is a joint venture of FORUM SCIENTIARUM and the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.

DEADLINE: July 18, 2014

April 23 2014
Fast or slow? Interplay of rhythms makes brain centers communicate

Tübingen neuroscientists say differing rhythms coordinate the neural activity governing movement


April 16 2014
A Profile of Werner Reichardt

A look at Werner Reichardt's career from Max Planck Research.

December 4 2013
No Blue Skies for Mice

Scientists at the University of Tübingen study the differential distribution of photoreceptors in the retina of mice