Schnaitmann Lab - Neural Basis of Colour Vision

University of Mainz



Our lab is using a multi-level approach to understand how neural circuits process sensory information and generate innate as well as learned behaviour. We focus on Drosophila colour vision and combine neurogenetic tools, in vivo two-photon calcium imaging and colour discrimination assays.

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Schnaitmann, C., Pagni, M., Meyer, P.B., Steinhoff, L., Oberhauser, V., and Reiff, D.F. (2024). Horizontal-cell like Dm9 neurons in Drosophila modulate photoreceptor output to supply multiple functions in early visual processing. Front. Mol. Neurosci. 17.

Cornean, J., Molina-Obando, S., Gür, B., Bast, A., Ramos-Traslosheros, G., Chojetzki, J., Lörsch, L., Ioannidou, M., Taneja, R., Schnaitmann, C., and Silies, M. (2024).  Heterogeneity of Synaptic Connectivity in the Fly Visual System. Nature Communications 15, 1570.

Pagni, M., Haikala, V., Oberhauser, V., Meyer, P., Reiff, D.F., and Schnaitmann, C. (2021). Interaction of ‘chromatic’ and
‘achromatic’ circuits in color opponent processing. Current Biology 31, 1687-1698.e4

Schnaitmann, C., Pagni, M., and Reiff, D.F. (2020). Color vision in insects: insights from Drosophila. J Comp Physiol A 206, 183–198.

Schnaitmann, C., Haikala, V., Abraham, E., Oberhauser, V., Thestrup, T., Griesbeck, O., and Reiff, D.F. (2018). Color Processing
in the Early Visual System of Drosophila. Cell 172, 318–330.

Aso, Y., Sitaraman, D., Ichinose, T., Kaun, K. R., Vogt, K., Belliart-Guérin, G., Plaçais, P.-Y., Robie, A. A., Yamagata, N., Schnaitmann, C., Rowell, W.J., Johnston, R.M., Ngo, T.-T.B., Chen, N., Korff, W., Nitabach, M.N., Heberlein, U., Preat, T., Branson, K.M., Tanimoto, H., Rubin, G.M. (2014). Mushroom body output neurons encode valence and guide memory-based action selection in Drosophila. eLife, e04580.

Vogt, K.*, Schnaitmann, C.*, Dylla, K. V., Knapek, S., Aso, Y., Rubin, G. M., and Tanimoto, H. (2014). Shared mushroom body circuits underlie
visual and olfactory memories in Drosophila. eLife, e02395. *equal contribution

Schnaitmann, C., Garbers, C., Wachtler, T., and Tanimoto, H. (2013). Colour discrimination with
broadband photoreceptors. Current Biology 23, 2375–2382.

Schnaitmann, C., Vogt, K., Triphan, T., Tanimoto, H. (2010). Appetitive and aversive visual learning
in freely moving Drosophila. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 4, 10.

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We are located at the Institute of Developmental Biology and Neurobiology (iDN) of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz.

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+49 6131 39 24470

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Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz
Institute of Developmental Biology and Neurobiology
Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15
55128 Mainz