Prof. Dr.
Bernd Grünewald
Director of the Institute

Institut für Bienenkunde,

Polytechnische Gesellschaft

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am 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



+49-(0)6171-212 78
+49-(0)6171-257 69

+49-(0)69-798 42 114






Research focus


In my group we investigate the neurobiological bases of behavioral plasticity. Our model systems are insects, especially the honeybee Apis mellifera. We analyse the cellular processes underlying memory formation. For this we study the physiological properties of identified neurons and their regulation by neuromodulators at various levels: ionic currents, calcium dynamics, molecular biology and computer simulations. Systemic and applied aspects are particularly important for us. In behavioral experiments we analyse the control of behaviour such as learning by higher brain centers using behavioral pharmacology, local anesthetic injections or gene silencing approaches.


Curriculum Vitae


since 2008

Professor for Neurobiology at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Department of Biological Sciences (Endowed professorship of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft)


Head of the Honeybee Research Center Oberursel of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main


Teaching Award "1822- Universitätspreis für exzellente Lehre"


Dean of Study of the Department of Biological Sciences


Habilitation in Zoology, Freie Universität Berlin

2002 - 2007

Head of the research group „Cellular mechanisms of  learning“, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie – Neurobiologie

1997 - 2001

Postdoc „Cellular Neurophysiology“, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Biologie – Neurobiologie

1995 - 1997

Research associate (DFG Postdoc-Stipend), Arizona Research Laboratories, Division of Neurobiology, Tucson AZ, U.S.A.


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


Scientific coworker, Universität Regensburg, Department of Zoology


Diploma in Biology, Universität Regensburg, Department of Zoology

1984 - 1990

Study of Biology, Universität Regensburg