The human brain might well be the most complex control system on earth. It consists of billions of nerve cells that are interconnected in circuits of dazzling complexity. Moreover, each individual nerve cell processes input from thousands of companions, finally resulting in a very complex and precisely tuned response pattern.
The education of the Master's programme is based on the research of four groups of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences. The mission of these groups is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that underlie development and synaptic and structural plasticity of the brain as well as information processing. A wide range of state-of-the art behavioural, biochemical, histological, molecular, imaging and in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological techniques are used to address research questions in the fields of cognition, behaviour, neuroinformatics, membrane biophysics, neurochemistry, neurogenesis and neurodevelopment. Read more about the different research groups via the links below: