• Honeybees (partly marked) on the edge of a brood frame
Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

Haberkern, Hannah

Dr. Hannah Haberkern

Emmy Noether Group Leader
Zoologie II / AG Haberkern
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg
Building: B1 (Biozentrum)
Room: D141
Link: AG Haberkern
Portrait of Hannah Haberkern

My research explores how animals integrate multisensory information to create an internal estimate of their orientation in space. Further, I investigate how animals select appropriate navigational strategies based on the reliability and availability of sensory (guidance) cues and their ability to orient themselves. My lab takes a multifaceted approach to link circuit architecture and function to an animal’s ability to quickly adapt to dynamic environments. To do this, we employ a combination of connectomic, behavioural, physiological and theoretical approaches in two insect models, ants and flies.

  • Maintaining a stable head direction representation in naturalistic visual environments. Haberkern, Hannah; Chitnis, Shivam S; Hubbard, Philip M; Goulet, Tobias; Hermundstad, Ann M; Jayaraman, Vivek. In bioRxiv. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 2022.
  • A connectome of the Drosophila central complex reveals network motifs suitable for flexible navigation and context-dependent action selection.. Hulse, Brad K*; Haberkern, Hannah*; Franconville, Romain; Turner-Evans, Daniel; Takemura, Shin-Ya; Wolff, Tanya; Noorman, Marcella; Dreher, Marisa; Dan, Chuntao; Parekh, Ruchi; Hermundstad, Ann M; Rubin, Gerald M; Jayaraman, Vivek. In eLife, 10, p. e66039-. England, 2021.
  • Visually Guided Behavior and Optogenetically Induced Learning in Head-Fixed Flies Exploring a Virtual Landscape. Haberkern, Hannah; Basnak, Melanie A.; Ahanonu, Biafra; Schauder, David; Cohen, Jeremy D.; Bolstad, Mark; Bruns, Christopher; Jayaraman, Vivek. In Current Biology, 29(10), pp. 1647–1659.e8. 2019.
  • Behavioural integration of auditory and antennal stimulation during phonotaxis in the field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus.. Haberkern, Hannah; Hedwig, Berthold. In Journal of Experimental Biology, 219(22), pp. 3575–3586. 2016.
  • Studying small brains to understand the building blocks of cognition. Haberkern, Hannah; Jayaraman, Vivek. In Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 37, pp. 59–65. 2016.