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Welcome to the Funtional Cell Morphology

We are interested in the molecular mechanisms that build and shape a functional nervous system. While enormous progress has been made in recent years, it is still not completely understood how migrating axons identify their targets, or which signals are produced in order to build and maintain synapses during development. We are trying to answer these questions by combining genetics and super-resolution microscopy in the functional analysis of key-regulatory proteins in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. 


  • Axon guidance
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • In vivo imaging


Our work is integrated in the following networks:

undefinediBrain - Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Brain Research and Translational Neuroscience

undefinedCAi - Center for Advanced Imaging

undefinediGrad - Interdisciplinary Graduate School and Research Academy Düsseldorf








Head of Institute

Prof. Dr. Hermann Aberle
Funktionelle Zellmorphologie
Universitätsstraße 1 Building: 26.12
Floor/Room: 00.29
40225 Düsseldorf
+49 211 81-13524
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