Einat Couzin-Fuchs, Group Leader


Motivated to study perception in action, my research focuses on odour-guided behaviour and its underlying neural mechanisms in insects. 

During my MSc and PhD in the group of Prof. Amir Ayali in Tel Aviv University, I studied neural adaptions of swarm forming locusts for long-range migratory flights, and investigated the development of a specific neuronal circuit in different contexts. In 2008, I joined the group of Prof. Philip Holmes in the department of mechanical engineering in Princeton University as a postdoctoral researcher and studied the neural basis of legged locomotion in cockroaches. Inspired by cockroaches’ remarkable agility, we study the neural basis allowing their stable running gaits and fast recovery times when facing perturbations. 


In 2015, I had moved to Konstanz University to join the neurobiology department (AG Galizia). Since then I am working towards my research goals to understand how perception leads to movement decisions and how motion affects perception. 



Antoine Hoffmann, PhD student

PhD project: Active smelling - understanding interactions between perception and motion, in the American cockroach. Antoine had previously been working on olfactory navigation in moths. His master's degree was in Ecophysiology and Ethology and Bachelor's degree in Cellular Biology and Organismal Physiology from the University of Strasbourg. 

Inga Petelski, PhD student

In Collaboration with Prof. Amir Ayali 

PhD project: Perception in a social context- studying interactions between social and nom-social cues in swarm forming locusts. 


Jahn Nitschke, Student assistant


Milena Sekulic, Student assistant

Jaclyn Mccollum, Master student