To a first approximation, all multicellular species on Earth are insects…

N. E. Stork, Nature, August 2007

We study several neurobiological aspects of these fascinating organisms. Many neurobiological aspects are easier to study in insects and other invertebrates, because their nervous systems appear to be simpler than that of vertebrates.

We develop biohybrid systems consisting of insect or snail neurons growing on technical substrates (Biohybrid Networks). We also study the embryonic development of the insect nervous system with emphasis on retinoic acid signaling (CNS Development). Finally we have started to investigate the neurobiology of planthoppers (Neurobiology of Planthoppers).