Institute for Neurobiology

We’re a brand new lab, started in June 2020. If you are interested in joining, please get in touch!


Lena Veit

I am a tenure track junior professor for Neurobiology of Vocal Communication. My lab will study 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 the lab work for 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 in 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.

Csilla Pataki

Master student

I am master student in Neural and Behavioral Sciences at the Graduate Training Centre in Tübingen. During my bachelor studies in Psychology, I have done research on probabilistic sequence learning at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. My interest in songbird research, however, is not only rooted in my past experience in sequence learning, but already from an early age I have been very interested in ornithology and the behavior of birds in general.