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Chair of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology

el Jundi, Basil

Dr.Basilel Jundi

Research group leader (Emmy Noether)
Chair of Zoology II   /el Jundi lab
Universität Würzburg
Am Hubland
Building:B1 (Biozentrum)
Research interest

My work aims to understand the neuronal mechanisms underlying compass orientation in insects. Currently, my main goal is to study the integration of celestial compass cues in the monarch butterfly brain. These butterflies use celestial cues as orientation reference during their annual migration from North America to Central Mexico. How are different celestial navigation cues linked in the brain? Moreover, how are these signals combined with other visual cues or modalities? To understand this, behavioral experiments (flight simulator) are combined with anatomical (confocal imaging, 3D modelling) and electrophysiological studies (intracellular and multiunit recordings).

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Selected publications
  • Immonen, E. -V., Dacke, M., Heinze, S., and el Jundi, B. (2017) Anatomical organization of the brain of a diurnal and a nocturnal dung beetle, Journal of Comparative Neurology525, 1879--1908.
  • el Jundi, B., Foster, J.  J., Khaldy, L., Byrne, M.  J., Dacke, M., and Baird, E. (2016) A Snapshot-Based Mechanism for Celestial Orientation, Current Biology26, 1456 - 1462.
  • el Jundi, B., Warrant, E., Byrne, M. J., Khaldy, L., Baird, E., Smolka, J., and Dacke, M. (2015) Neural coding underlying the cue preference for celestial orientation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences112, 11395--11400.
  • el Jundi, B., Pfeiffer, K., and Homberg, U. (2011) A Distinct Layer of the Medulla Integrates Sky Compass Signals in the Brain of an Insect, PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science6, 1-16.
  • Homberg, U., Heinze, S., Pfeiffer, K., Kinoshita, M., and el Jundi, B. (2011) Central neural coding of sky polarization in insects, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, The Royal Society366, 680--687.


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Chair of Zoology II
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

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