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Owald group

Behavioral and Physiological Neurogenetics

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Group member

  • Isabella Balles (PhD student)
  • Lara Anna Dreide (Stud.)
  • Dr. Anatoli Ender (Postdoc)
  • Tania Fernández del Valle (PhD)
  • Marcel Heim (PhD)
  • Dr. Sridhar Jagannathan (Postdoc)
  • Carlotta Pribbenow (MD student)
  • Silas Reubold (Technician)
  • Dr. Eric William Reynolds (Postdoc)
  • Raquel Suarez-Grimalt (PhD)


All publications are available via the research data base CHarité


Davide Raccuglia, Raquel Suárez-Grimalt, Laura Krumm, Cedric B Brodersen, Anatoli Ender, Sridhar R. Jagannathan, York Winter, Genevieve Yvon-Durocher, Richard Kempter, Jörg RP Geiger, David Owald. (2022) Coherent multi-level network oscillations create neural filters to favor quiescence over navigation in Drosophila. bioRxiv .03.11.483976; doi:

Vafidis P, Owald D, D'Albis T, Kempter R. (2022) Learning accurate path integration in ring attractor models of the head direction system. Elife. Jun 20;11:e69841. doi: 10.7554/eLife.69841.PMID: 35723252 



Carlotta Pribbenow, Yi-chun Chen, Michael-Marcel Heim, Desiree Laber, Silas Reubold, Eric Reynolds, Isabella Balles, Raquel Suárez Grimalt, Carolin Rauch, Jörg Rösner, Gregor Lichtner, Sridhar R. Jagannathan, Tania Fernández-d.V. Alquicira, David Owald(2021) Postsynaptic plasticity of cholinergic synapses underlies the induction and expression of appetitive memories in Drosophila. bioRxiv 07.01.450776; doi:



Raccuglia D, Huang S, Ender A, Heim MM, Laber D, Suárez-Grimalt R, Liotta A, Sigrist SJ, Geiger JRP, Owald D. (2019) Network-Specific Synchronization of Electrical Slow-Wave Oscillations Regulates Sleep Drive in Drosophila.  Curr Biol. Nov 4;29(21):3611-3621.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.08.070. Epub 2019 Oct 17.PMID: 31630955 

Böhme MA, McCarthy AW, Grasskamp AT, Beuschel CB, Goel P, Jusyte M, Laber D, Huang S, Rey U, Petzoldt AG, Lehmann M, Göttfert F, Haghighi P, Hell SW, Owald D, Dickman D, Sigrist SJ, Walter AM. (2019) Rapid active zone remodeling consolidates presynaptic potentiation. Nat Commun. Mar 6;10(1):1085. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08977-6.PMID: 30842428 



Ehmann N, Owald D, Kittel RJ (2017). Drosophila active zones: From molecules to behaviour. Neurosci Res. S0168-0102(17)30662-4

Reddy-Alla S, Böhme MA, Reynolds E, Beis C, Grasskamp AT, Mampell MM, Maglione M, Jusyte M, Rey U, Babikir H, McCarthy AW, Quentin C, Matkovic T, Bergeron DD, Mushtaq Z, Göttfert F, Owald D, Mielke T, Hell SW, Sigrist SJ, Walter AM (2017). Stable positioning of Unc13 restricts synaptic vesicle fusion to defined release sites to promote synchronous neurotransmission. Neuron 95, 1350-1364



Perisse E*, Owald D*, Barnstedt O, Talbot CB, Huetteroth W, Waddell S (2016). Aversive learning and appetitive motivation toggle feed-forward inhibition in the Drosophila mushroom body. Neuron 90, 1086-99, *equal contribution

Patton BR, Burke D, Owald D, Gould T, Bewersdorf J, Booth MJ (2016). Three- dimensional STED microscopy of aberrating tissue using dual adaptive optics. Optics Express 24, 8862-76

Barnstedt O, Owald D**, Felsenberg J, Brain R, Moszynski JP, Talbot CB, Perrat PN, Waddell S** (2016). Memory-relevant mushroom body output synapses are cholinergic. Neuron 89, 1237-47, **co-corresponding author



Owald D, Waddell S (2015). Olfactory learning skews mushroom body output pathways to steer behavioral choice in Drosophila. Curr Opin Neurobiol 35, 178-184

Owald D, Lin S, Waddell S (2015). Light, heat, action: neural control of fruit fly behaviour. Philosophical Transactions B 370, 20140211

Owald D, Felsenberg J, Talbot CB, Das G, Perisse E, Huetteroth W, Waddell S (2015). Activity of defined mushroom body output neurons underlies learned olfactory behavior in Drosophila. Neuron 86, 417-27. Also see Preview by Hige T and Turner G (2015), Neuron 86, 343-5



Lin S, Owald D, Chandra V, Talbot C, Huetteroth W, Waddell S (2014). Neural correlates of water reward in thirsty Drosophila. Nature Neuroscience 17, 1536-42



Matkovic T, Siebert M, Knoche E, Depner H, Mertel S, Owald D, Schmidt M, Thomas U, Sickmann A, Kamin D, Hell SW, Bürger J, Hollmann C, Mielke T, Wichmann C, Sigrist SJ (2013). The Bruchpilot cytomatrix determines the size of the readily releasable pool of synaptic vesicles. J Cell Biol 202, 667-83



Burke CJ*, Huetteroth W*, Owald D, Perisse E, Krashes MJ, Das G, Gohl D, Silies M, Certel S, Waddell S (2012). Layered reward signaling through octopamine and dopamine in Drosophila. Nature 492, 433-7, *equal contribution

Owald D*, Khorramshahi O*, Gupta VK*, Banovic D, Depner H, Fouquet W, Wichmann C, Mertel S, Eimer S, Reynolds E, Holt M, Aberle H, Sigrist SJ (2012). Cooperation of Syd-1 with Neurexin synchronizes pre- with postsynaptic assembly. Nature Neuroscience 15, 1219-26, *equal contribution



Christiansen F, Zube C, Andlauer T, Wichmann C, Fouquet W, Owald D, Mertel S, Leiss F, Tavosanis G, Farca Luna A, Fiala A, Sigrist SJ (2011). Presynapses in Kenyon cell dendrites in the mushroom body calyx of Drosophila. J Neuroscience 31, 9696-707



Hallermann S, Kittel RJ, Wichmann C, Weyhersmüller A, Fouquet W, Mertel S, Owald D, Eimer S, Depner H, Schwärzel M, Sigrist SJ, Heckmann M (2010). Naked dense bodies provoke depression. J Neuroscience 30, 14340-45

Banovic D*, Khorramshahi O*, Owald D, Wichmann C, Riedt T, Tian R, Sigrist SJ, Aberle H (2010). Drosophila Neuroligin 1 coordinates pre- and postsynaptic assembly. Neuron 66, 724-38, *equal contribution

Owald D*, Fouquet W*, Schmidt M, Wichmann C, Mertel S, Depner H, Christiansen F, Zube C, Quentin C, Korner J, Urlaub H, Mechtler K, Sigrist SJ (2010). A Syd-1 homologue regulates pre- and postsynaptic maturation in Drosophila. J Cell Biol 188, 565-79, *equal contribution



Fouquet W*, Owald D*, Wichmann C, Mertel S, Depner H, Dyba M, Hallermann S, Kittel RJ, Eimer S, Sigrist SJ (2009). Maturation of active zone assembly by Drosophila Bruchpilot. J Cell Biol 186, 129-45, * equal contribution.

Owald D and Sigrist SJ (2009). Assembling the presynaptic active zone. Curr Opin Neurobiol 19, 311-318.