Prof. Dr. Bernd Grünewald

Institut für Bienenkunde
Polytechnische Gesellschaft
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main
FB Biowissenschaften
Karl-von-Frisch-Weg 2
61440 Oberursel

Institut für Zellbiologie und
Neurobiologie der Honigbiene
Max-von-Laue-Straße 13
Biologicum, Flügel B, Raum 2.223
60438 Frankfurt am Main

Tel. +49-(0)6171-212 78 +49-(0)69-798 42 114
Fax +49-(0)6171-257 69

Research interest

In my group, we study neurobiological bases of behavioral plasticity. Our model systems are insects, especially the honey bee Apis mellifera. We analyze the cellular basis of memory formation. To this end, we study the physiology of identified neurons and their regulation by neuromodulators at different levels: Ion currents, calcium signaling, molecular biology and computer simulations. Systemic and applied aspects are particularly important to us. In behavioral experiments, we investigate the control of behavior by higher brain centers behaviorally pharmacologically or by local lesions.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

seit 2008

Professor of Neurobiology at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Department of Biosciences (Endowed Professorship of the Polytechnic Society)

Head of the Institute for Apiology Oberursel of the Polytechnic Society Frankfurt am Main


1822- University Award for Excellence in Teaching


Dean of Studies of the Department 15- Life Sciences


Habilitation in Zoology, Free University of Berlin


Research Group Leader "Cellular Mechanisms of Learning", Free University of Berlin, Institute of Neurobiology


Postdoctoral Researcher "Cellular Neurophysiology", Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Biology - Neurobiology


Research stay as DFG postdoctoral fellow, Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Neurobiology, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.


PhD, Dr. rer. nat., Freie Universität Berlin


Research Associate, University of Regensburg, Department of Zoology


Diploma in Biology, University of Regensburg, Department of Zoology


Study of Biology, University of Regensburg