Welcome Roshni!

Introducing Roshni Pillai, our newest lab member and PhD student with a passion for unraveling the secrets of colour vision. Together, we’ll explore the world of hues and shades like never before.


Lab trip to Kloster Eberbach

We visited the monastery “Eberbach” and an exhibition on optical illusions together with the Silies, Martelli, and Urban labs. The cosmic 3D room was fun and a good place to take a group photo!


Monika joins us for a 3-month Erasmus+ project

Monika Kos from Slovenia joins our group for the next three months to conduct a small research project. She will use our new colour choice assay to study colour vision in various mutants. Additionally, using two-photon calcium imaging, she will test for aberrant visual processing in the early visual system.


Elif joins us for an Erasmus+ traineeship

Elif Haskan from Turkey is staying for two months in Mainz to conduct a small research project in our lab. She will analyse the neuroanatomy of visual neurons using immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy as well as study their role in colour guided behaviour.


Welcome Rachita!

Rachita Taneja has joined our lab as PhD student and FTN TransMed Fellow of the University of Mainz! She will study visual processing with an emphasis on the function of electrical synapses. Her project will be a collaboration with Marion Silies and Carsten Duch of the iDN. I am very much looking forward working together!


PhD position available

We are delighted to receive funding for a PhD position (3 years) by the Focus Program Translational Neurosciences (FTN) of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz! We are currently seeking candidates and invite students interested in our research to apply.


“All systems automated and ready.”

After delayed delivery of crucial components, soldering the cables, 3D-printing of several parts of our beam path, we finally put everything together. The microscope is run by ScanImage and it works like a treat! Many thanks to Marion for sharing the femtosecond-pulsed laser and to Stefan Gruber, Wolfgang Kern, and Holger Emmerich of the mechanics workshop!


Setting up our 2-photon laser scanning microscope

We are currently buiding our workhorse – a customized two-photon laser scanning microscope largely based on Rosenegger et al. (2014). Scanning mirrors and PMTs will arrive this month so we can hopefully start calcium imaging experiments soon!


Our website is online

Here we go! We now have a website where we provide general info about our research and post news from our lab as well as job openings.