Sabrina Kalmbach

Sabrina Kalmbach


Student helper

Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Technical Medicine, Hochschule Furtwangen University, 2016

sabrina.kalmbach at


Project: Olfactory learning in Drosophila

Yunusa Mohammed

Yunusa Mohammed


PhD student

Masters in Human Anatomy and Neuroscience, Kampala International University, Uganda, 2013

yunusa-garba.mohammed at


Project: Odor source separation and olfactory learning in Drosophila

Aarti Sehdev

Aarti Sehdev


PhD student

Master Biological Sciences, University College London, UK, 2015

aarti.sehdev at


Project: Odor source separation and olfactory learning in Drosophila

Paul Szyszka

Paul Szyszka


Group leader

Visiting Researcher, Arizona State University - Lab of Brian Smith, USA, 2012

Postdoc, University of Konstanz - Lab of Giovanni Galizia, 2006-2010

PhD, Neuroscience, Free University of Berlin - Lab of Randolf Menzel, 2005

paul.szyszka at

Cansu Tafrali

Cansu Tafrali


Bachelor student

Biological Sciences, University of Konstanz, 2014

cansu.tafrali at


Project: Olfactory learning in Drosophila


Former Group Members

Fabian Hersperger, Master thesis (The effect of adaptation on the response dynamics and temporal resolution of olfactory receptor neurons in Drosophila melanogaster - An electrophysiology study), 2016

Ole Lessmann, Bachelor thesis (Temporal resolution of CO2-transduction in Drosophila, revealed by electrophysiological recordings), 2016

Sabrina Henke, Bachelor thesis (The effect of sweetness and nutritiousness on reward learning in honey bees), 2016

Doreen Taube, Bachelor thesis (The effect of temporal stimulus structure on mixture interactions in Drosophila olfactory receptor neurons), 2016

Alexander Egea-Weiss, Bachelor thesis (Sub-millisecond temporal precision of olfactory receptor neuron responses revealed by electrophysiological double recordings in Drosophila), 2016, now at University College London

Kristina Dylla, PhD thesis (Physiology of trace memories in fruit flies), 2016, now at Caltech

Kym Ahrens, Bachelor thesis (The role of nutritional value and sweetness in odor-reward learning in honey bees), 2015

David Sailer, Bachelor thesis (Characterizing trace and delay conditioning in the honey bee using behavioural studies and pharmacology), 2014

Hendrik Hartmann, Master thesis (Behavioral and molecular analysis of trace and delay conditioning and the effect of training intensity in honey bees), 2014, now at MPI Leipzig 

Jacob Stierle, Diploma and PhD thesis (Mixture processing and odor-object segregation in the insect olfactory system), 2013, now at MaxCine 

Alpha Renner, Bachelor thesis (Speed and temporal resolution of olfactory reception in Drosophila melanogaster measured by single sensillum recordings), 2013, now University of Zürich

Oliver Kühn, Bachelor thesis (A new imaging based approach to analyse internal states and learning performance of individual honey bees), 2013

Alja Lüdke, Postdoc (Physiology of short term odor memories in Drosophila), 2011, now in Giovanni Galizia’s group

Florian Kaiser, Bachelor thesis (A new approach to measure behavior and brain activity in single flies during olfactory conditioning), 2011

Julia Bauer, Bachelor (A new behavioral assay to study aversive memory formation in harnessed fruit flies), 2010

Martin Rüssler, Bachelor thesis (Processing of stimulus dynamics in the olfactory system of the honey bee), 2009

Mariann Oemisch, Bachelor thesis (Behavioral characterization of classical trace conditioning and memory formation in honey bees), 2009

Stephanie Biergans, Bachelor thesis (The role of GABAb in the processing of perfect and imperfect odor mixtures), 2009

Judith Sorge, Bachelor thesis (Analysis of single projection neuron responses in the honey bee antennal lobe), 2008

Ludwig Sommer, Bachelor thesis (The time course of olfactory working memory in honey bees (Apis mellifera)), 2008

Jenny Plath, Bachelor thesis (Delayed matching-to-sample memory in harnessed honey bees), 2008

Benjamin Birnbach, Bachelor thesis (The olfactory working memory in the honey bee antennal lobe: an imaging study), 2008

Lena Blocher, Bachelor thesis (The perception of temporally structured odor mixtures by honey bees and humans), 2007