PD Dr.
Wolfgang Blenau
Associate professor / Deputy director

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


+49-(0)6171-226 03
+49-(0)6171-257 69




Research interests 

Insect neurobiology, Aminergic signal transduction, G-protein-coupled receptors, Excitation-secretion coupling in exocrine glands, Phase transition in locusts, Varroa control

Scientific career


Venia Legendi (Umhabilitation) for Animal Physiology/Neurobiology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

since 2011

Deputy director of the Oberursel Bee Research Institute / Associate professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


Habilitation in Molecular Animal Physiology, University of Potsdam, Germany


Scientific assistant / Associate professor at the University of Potsdam, Germany


Feodor Lynen research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


Scientific assistant at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Graduation (Dr. rer. nat.), Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Diploma in Biology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany


Studies in Biology (Animal Physiology/Behavioral Biology), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany













Feodor Lynen research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation


Ph.D. fellowship of the German National Academic Foundation     


Current Funding


since 2011

Project manager within the Research Unit FOR 1363 “Biogenic amines and their receptors: coordinators of behavioural and physiological processes” (German Research Foundation, BL 469/7-1, Project: “Temporal expression patterns and functions of serotonin receptor subtypes in the honey bee, Apis mellifera")
since 2009
Individual grant (German Research Foundation, BL 469/4-4, Project: “Regulatory mechanisms of exocrine secretion in salivary glands of Periplaneta americana”)


Selected publications

Blenau, W., Rademacher, E., Baumann, A. (2012) Plant essential oils and formamidines as insecticides/acaricides. What are the molecular targets?

Blenau, W., Thamm, M. (2011) Distribution of serotonin (5-HT) and its receptors in the insect brain with focus on the mushroom bodies. Lessons from Drosophila melanogaster and Apis melliferaArthropod Struct. Dev. 40, 381-394

Thamm, M., Balfanz, S., Scheiner, R., Baumann, A., Blenau, W. (2010) Characterization of the 5-HT1A receptor of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) and involvement of serotonin in phototactic behavior. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 67, 2467–2479

Hauser, F., Cazzamali, G., Williamson, M., Blenau, W., Grimmelikhuijzen, C.J.P. (2006) A review of neurohormone GPCRs present in the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster and the honey bee Apis mellifera. Prog. Neurobiol. 80, 1-19

Schlenstedt, J., Balfanz, S., Baumann, A., Blenau, W. (2006) Am5-HT7: molecular and pharmacological characterization of the first serotonin receptor of the honeybee (Apis mellifera). J. Neurochem.98, 1985-1996


For a complete list of publications see:

Link to ResearcherID