Flexibility in Circuits & Behaviour Lab

Reinhard Lab

02/2024 Conference presence of the lab in 2024

This year, the Flexibility Lab will be represented by Katja at the Neuroethology meeting ICN2024 in Berlin and by Lorenza at FENS2024 in Vienna. Come say hi at our posters and symposia!

28/11/2023 - 01/12/2023 The lab goes to EMBL Subcortical Circuits Meeting in Heidelberg!

Lorenza presented a poster on the impact of ambient light on innate behaviour, and Katja talked about postdoc work studying the evolution of neural circuits and behaviour.

22/11/2023 Lab Dinner with n = 5

To welcome our new lab members we had a fun lab pizza dinner. Now the table starts looking like a crowd and we're looking forward to our next outings!


Our lab is committed to sharing protocols, texts on how to apply for grants and positions and many more. 

 Mission Statement

Imagine you are cycling through your town and a car door suddenly opens in front of you. You might react by hitting the breaks or by dodging the door and cycling around it. Which reaction is induced depends on external and internal factors – the traffic next to you, your stress level because of the meeting you're cycling to…

Avoiding danger, such as the car door, is one of the most essential and conserved set of behaviors, observed in most species from crabs to primates. To optimize an animal’s survival, the type, magnitude, and kinetics of avoidance responses need to be flexible and adaptable to the current context (traffic, stress…). However, the neural circuit elements that allow for this flexibility in behavioural output are largely unknown. Our aim is to identify how information about the environment and state can adapt behavioural decision making

Equally importantly, the goal of the lab is to enable every member to fulfill their professional goals and to find their path in the lab and beyond – in academia or any other context they choose. We aim to create a space where ‘doing science’ is a motivating and collaborative search for new insights.