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 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 Yound 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: 28 Nov 2013
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News & Press
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

November 28 2013
A New Computer Simulation for the Treatment of Eye Disease

A new study shows the possibilities and limitations of optogenetics as a treatment strategy for forms of blindness.

November 15 2013
International Prize for CIN PhD Student

Katja Reinhard has been awarded the 2013 Lush Prize for research that holds out the prospect of developing new treatments for blindness.

Next Events

April 24 2014, 6:15pm
Neurocolloquium - Two memory systems in the temporal lobe: hippocampus and amygdala
Children‘s Hospital, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 1, Lecture Hall, Floor C3