Maximilian Jösch and his group study the neuronal basis of innate behaviors; the processes implemented by neuronal circuits to transform sensory information into motor commands. To accomplish this goal they use a multidisciplinary approach that takes advantage of techniques to monitor brain activity during animal behavior. This is combined with novel techniques to perturb neuronal dynamics, edit genetic information and map the connectivity diagrams of neuronal networks to reveal the principles and motifs of neuronal computation in fly and mouse.

Maximilian Jösch

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  • Laura Burnett, PhD Student
  • Victoria Pokusaeva, PhD Student
  • Roshan Kumar Satapathy, PhD Student
  • Anton Ludwig Sumser, Postdoc
  • Olga Symonova, Technician
  • Tomas Alejandro Vega Zuniga, Postdoc


2017 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
2016 Research Associate, Harvard University
2010-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
2009 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
2009 Dr. rer. nat., Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology & Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Selected Distinctions

2011 Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society
2010 HFSP Long-term Fellowship
2009 Summa Cum Laude, PhD thesis

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