In their respective fields, namely neurobiology, development
of insects, amphibia and zebrafish, all
FOR participants investigate the formation and function of small and defined
whose basis are regulatory or structural cell contacts. The formation, dynamics
and function of cell
contacts are studied using Drosophila, Xenopus and zebrafish as animal models.
The existing know-
how and equipment within the participating groups will be complementary and thus
will form a very
powerful technology platform for all participants and will provide the basis for
improvement of the assays and experimental approaches. In addition to the genetic
genetic approach, the FOR will generate synergy on especially two fields of experimentation:
light microscopy including quantitative image analyis and biophysical methods, such as AFM.