Our research is directed towards a better understanding of the molecular and cellular events that mediate mammalian chemical communication, specifically those events underlying complex social behaviors such as aggression, maternal care, and mating. The overall goal is to integrate investigations aimed at understanding molecular membrane mechanisms underlying the recognition of specific signaling molecules in the olfactory system – such as pheromones and hormones – with endocrine and immune function.
- Mechanisms of odor and pheromone sensing in the olfactory system
- Neural pathways mediating olfactory-encoded innate social behaviors
- TRP channel function in neurons of the CNS
Research is funded by: Saarland University, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and VolkswagenStiftung.