In the Malkemper-Lab we are interested in  the cellular and molecular mechanisms for animal magnetosensation and the neural circuits processing magnetic information. Many animals possess the ability to perceive the Earth's magnetic field, but it remains unknown how the magnetic sense works. We focus on the magnetic sense in mammals and use African mole-rats as a model system. To study their magnetic sense we employ a wide array of behavioural, histological, electrophysiological, and molecular techniques.

 

We study the neural circuits of magnetic orientation in mammals

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News

 

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The Lab is looking for highly motivated Bachelor or Master candidates. Please contact us via email, sending your CV including a short summary of your previous research experience.

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May 2020: It's in the eyes! Please check out our new preprint with data strongly supporting the hypothesis that the mole-rat magnetoreceptors are located in their tiny eyes:

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April 2020: Welcome Aliona Novac. Aliona will collect neuroanatomical data on the mole-rat trigeminal ganglion for her Bachelor thesis.

 

 

 

March 2020: The lab keeps growing. Georgina Fenton started as a PostDoc. She is going to establish single-unit recordings in freely moving mole-rats.

 

 

 

January 2020: These are exciting times - two lab members have started: Welcome Martha Daniel (Research Assistant) and Sybille Wolf-Kümmeth (Technician)!

 

 

December 2019: The first lab member arrived - a LaVision UMII Lightsheet Microscope! May it enable lots of discoveries.