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Wulf Haubensak

Survival critically depends on recognizing what is important and initiating appropriate behavioural responses - a process modulated by emotions. Fear, for instance, associates stimuli with threats and evokes defensive behaviours, whereas reward-related emotions induce the opposite. Emotions are a central part of our mental self and linked to a variety of psychological conditions. But how are they wired in the brain? We use molecular, pharmacogenetic, and optogenetic methods to map neural circuits for emotional behaviours in mice. Combining these manipulations with electrophysiological methods, we explore how these circuits control emotional states and, in turn, how genes and psychoactive drugs modulate circuit activity, emotional states, and behaviour.

Group Members

Sibel ADA
Vincent BÖHM
Research Assistant
Katja BÜHLER
Andreea CONSTANTINESCU
Research Assistant
Florian GANGLBERGER
Visiting PhD Student
Florian GRÖSSL
PhD Student
Wulf Eckhard HAUBENSAK
Group Leader
Joanna KACZANOWSKA
PhD Student
Nadia KAOUANE
Postdoc
Dominic KARGL
PhD Student
Lukasz PISZCZEK
Postdoc
Pinelopi PLIOTA
Postdoc
Alexandra STEPANEK
Research Technician
Barbara WERNER
Research Assistant