University of Cologne

Research groups affiliated to EURON:

  • Faculty of Medicine / Uniklinik
    The Faculty of Medicine (Dean: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gereon R. Fink) is composed of more than 3,500 students and about 1,800 scientists in over 50 clinics, institutes and centres for research and teaching, the Faculty of Medicine focuses on interdisciplinary, practice-, patient- and science-oriented teaching. Scientists explore problems of great societal relevance in three research focus areas: "Tumor biology, infection and immunity", "Homeostatic principles in metabolism and tissue regeneration" and "Neuromodulation".
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
    Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Dean: Prof. Dr. Paul H. M. van Loosdrecht), Department of Biology (Director Prof. Dr. Gunther Döhlemann), is composed of researchers who continuously generate new knowledge. For instance, Research at the Institute for Genetics covers a broad spectrum of issues in molecular and computational biology. Molecular mechanisms controlling cellular homeostasis at all levels are studied through mouse models and other model organisms, complemented by evolutionary and computational approaches. In collaboration with colleagues from the Medical Faculty, researchers from the Institute for Genetics founded the Cologne Excellence Cluster on cellular stress responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD). The Institute for Zoology is a multidisciplinary academic research and teaching institution that addresses biological phenomena at levels ranging from genes, molecules and cells to entire organisms, populations and ecosystems. The research can be grouped into three main research themes: Ecology and Evolution, Developmental Biology, and Neuroscience One of the main drivers for the research is the fascination of studying how animals function and how their outstanding capabilities develop and evolved, with a specific focus on the central nervous system.


List of research groups / themes:

Department of Neurology

  • Neuromodulation & Neurorehabilitation
  • Experimental Neuroimmunology
  • Neural Stem cells
  • Neuroimaging & Neuroengineering
  • Neuropsychology

Department of Psychiatry 

  • Social Cognition, Neurobiology & Neuromodulation Psychiatric diseases

Department of Nuclear Medicine

  • Multimodal Imaging neural networks, Pre-clinical imaging

Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery

  • Experimental Neuromodulation
  • Imaging Lab
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Alzheimer Disease

Institute for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, DZNE & Univ. Cologne

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying disease-associated changes in cellular excitability using transgenic mouse models

Translational pain research

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms altering pain sensitivity
    Other departments: Center for Anatomy, Institute of Human Genetics, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Paediatrics, Institute for Vegetative Physiology, Institute for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Epidemiology, Center for Ophtalmology, Center for Biochemistry, Klinik und Poliklinik für Hals- Nasen- und Ohrenheilkunde, Center for Pharmacology.

Institute of Zoology – Neurobiology

  • Active locomotion and understanding its neural control
  • Computational Systems Neuroscience
  • Neuromodulation and plasticity of the nervous systems; biophysical mechanisms of neuronal excitability and synaptic plasticity
  • Modeling neural network dynamics underlying motor control

Institute for Genetics

  • Sensation, perception and behavior in vertebrate olfaction

CECAD Research Center

  • Bergami lab – link maken:
  • Synaptic integration and connectivity of new neurons in the adult brain
  • Regulation of cellular plasticity by the mitochondrial network
  • Glial cells and neuroinflammation

Natalia Kononenko Lab

  • Molecular and cellular processes underlying neurodegeneration

Elena Rugarli Lab