Welcome to the van Giesen Lab! In an ever changing world animals need to adapt to their specific niche. In the Lab we use multiple approaches to study the sensory biology of marine invertebrates from a cellular, molecular, behavioral and organismal standpoint.
Navigating through a world full of complex information necessitates elaborate sensory organs that are capable of filtering and encoding relevant signals in order to guarantee the animals survival. These sensory cells and organs are the first connection between the outside world and the nervous system of the animal and are composed of complex cellular and molecular features that have evolved to suit the animal’s unique behavior.
Environmental conditions on our planet are constantly changing and in order to understand how animals have evolved and can adapt to changing conditions, we try to understand fundamental principles of sensory biology. We study these questions in marine invertebrates…