Institute for Neurobiology

Lena Veit

I am a tenure track junior professor for Neurobiology of Vocal Communication. My lab studies the neural basis of flexible song sequencing. I did my postdoc with Michael Brainard at UCSF studying context-dependent song learning in Bengalese finches. As a PhD student with Andreas Nieder at the University of Tübingen we established electrophysiology in crows to study the neural basis of executive control in birds. I did my master’s thesis with Michale Fee at MIT, recording the development of respiratory patterns for song in juvenile zebra finches.

Avani Koparkar

PhD student

I'm a BS-MS graduate from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, India. I have always been interested in neuroethology and have worked with Dr. Raghav Rajan on zebra finches at IISER Pune. I did my master's thesis with Dr. Daniela Vallentin at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen on the role of inhibitory interneurons in song learning in zebra finches.

Jacqueline Göbl

PhD student

Jacqueline did her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Neurobiology at the Univeristy of Tübingen. She did her master thesis in the lab of Prof. Benda, studying communication in a wild population of electric fish in Colombia.

Lioba Fortkord

PhD student

Lioba did her BSc and MSc in Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen. In her master thesis in our group she studied the influence of social context on song sequence learning in Bengalese finches.

Nils Riekers

Master thesis

Nils Riekers is a masters student in Cognitive Science and previously studied Computer Science at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University

Lena Stöckl


Lena is a MSc student in Neurobiology and a technician in our group

Alexander Wendt

Master thesis

Alex is studying Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen and is a master student in our group.


Thomas Eberl

Bachelor thesis

Thomas is a B.Sc. student in Biology at the University of Tübingen.


Franziska Heubach

Master thesis

Franzi is a MSc student in Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen.


Simon Bauerle (B.Sc. thesis), now M.Sc. student
Yirong Xiong (lab rotation), now starting at Janelia Research Campus/Johns Hopkins University graduate program
Csilla Pataki (M.Sc. student), now at Jörgen Kornfeld lab (MPI Biological Intelligence)
Yuhang Wang (technician), now at Richard Hahnloser lab (ETH Zürich)
Shanqian Ma (technician)