RWTH Aachen University, Department of Chemosensation, Germany

The Department Chemosensation belongs to the Institute for Biology II of the RWTH Aachen University.

A variety of physiological processes and stereotype behaviors is critically dependent on chemosensory signaling mechanisms. The main goal of the research group is to understand signaling mechanisms on a molecular and cellular level.

Using state-of-the-art physiological recording methods as well as molecular, biochemical, and behavioral techniques, we investigate the signaling processes underlying the detection of pheromones and other social cues. In this context, the vomeronasal organ – an olfactory subsystem specialized for the detection of semiochemicals – has taken center stage. Our current research, thus, aims to analyze the principle coding logic of pheromone detection, and shed light on the neurophysiological basis of social behavior.
In parallel, the research group examine the functional role(s) of different receptor proteins in male germ cell development and mammalian sperm chemotaxis.

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