Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Germany
Axel Borst pioneered our understanding of the neuronal computations that underlie motion vision. Working in particular on the visual system of Calliphora and Drosophila, Axel uses a combination of behavioural, neurophysiological, genetic and large-scale anatomical approaches to pinpoint how the retina and brain of insects extracts motion information from the constant steam of incoming information to stabilise flight. Axel’s many honors and awards include the prestigious research award of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the Valentino Breitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience. He is currently one of the Directors of the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany.
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