CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences

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The Neurophysicsgroup is studying the physical mechanisms underlying signal perception and transduction in the nervous system and applies experimental physics methods to problems in neuroscience.
Experiments are based on small animal models, mostly insects, which are studied by nonlinear optical techniques for non-invasive structural and functional imaging and by optogenetic tools for optical manipulation of perception and memory.

Research directions

  • Brain Network Dynamic. Study various forms of temporal coding, spike latencies, and oscillations;
  • development of an all optical neuronal modulation and readout platform. Combining optogenetics and Calcium imaging in fruit flies, honey bees, and zebrafish models;
  • neonicotinoid influence on the honeybee physiology. Study neurotoxic pesticide-induced structural and functional neuroplasticity and its influence on learning,behaviour, and social interaction;
  • vision and magnetoreception in honeybees. Development of optical tools to image the visual information processing pathway in the honeybee and to study a potential quantum biological mechanism of magnetorecetion;
  • structural and functional brain lateralization. Study asymmetries on all levels of the information processing pathway in the honey bee brain;
  • quantum-biological vibration theory of olfaction. Studyisotope sensitivity of the olfactory sense to testa model for odour receptor interaction probing molecular vibrations.



For a complete list see Albrecht Haase personal page


  • Brain Network Dynamics (BRANDY) – Strategic Project, University of Trento, 2017-2020, PI: Albrecht Haase
  • Sublethal effects of neonicotinoids on the honeybee brain: from single neuron imaging to colony studies (STEFANIE) – ProvinciaAutonoma di Bolzano, 2017 -2020, PI: Albrecht Haase

Ongoing collaborations 

  • Gianfranco Anfora - Centre Agriculture, Food, and Environment (C3A), UniTrento and Chemical Ecology research group, Fond. E. Mach, S. Michele all'Adige
  • Marie-Laure Baudet - Center for Integrative Biology (CIBIO), UniTrento
  • Sergio Angeli - Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • Paolo Fontana, Valeria Malagnini - Plant protection and biodiversity in agriculture or forestry unit, Fond. E. Mach, S. Michele all'Adige
  • Martin Beye, Laboratory for Evolutionary Genetics, University of Düsseldorf, Germany    
  • Jean-Christophe Sandoz, Evolution, Genoms, Behaviour, and Ecology Laboratory, CNRS, University ParisSaclay, France
  • Paul Szyszka, Giovanni Galizia - Neurobiology group, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Elisa Rigosi, Functional zoology laboratory, University of Lund, Sweden
  • EfthimiosSkoulakis, Luca Turin - BSRC Alexander Fleming, Vari, Greece
  • Ilia Solov'yov, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark


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