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PD Dr. Carmen Wellmann

  • 01/2019: Habilitation in Zoology
  • since 11/2015: Group Leader of the Independent Research Group “Neuronal Networks” at the Institute of Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany.
  • 09/2014: Positive midterm-Evaluation of the Emmy Noether Group by the DFG.
  • 2010-2015: Emmy Noether Group Leader at the University of Cologne, Zoological Institute, Cologne, Germany.
  • 2007-2010: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Davis, Davis, USA, in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, with Prof. Brian Mulloney.
  • 2007: Dissertation (PhD/ Dr. rer. nat.) at Ulm University.
  • 2004-2007: PhD student at the Dept. of Neurobiology University of Ulm (DFG project STE 937/2-1). Thesis: “The influence of a muscle tendon organ on modulatory projection neurons and the central pattern generators in the stomatogastric nervous system of the crab, Cancer pagurus.”
  • 2004: 1. Staatsexamen Biologie & Chemie Lehramt Gymnasium (final exam in Biology and Chemistry)
  • 2003: Staatsexamensarbeit (final thesis) at the Institute of Neurobiology at the University of Ulm: “Development of a semi- intact preparation to analyze a sensory neuron in the stomatogastric nervous system of the crab, Cancer pagurus.”
  • 1998-2004: Student of Biology and Chemistry of University of Ulm.


  • July 2010: Research Funding: Emmy Noether Programme, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). 


  • since 2014: PI in the application of the DFG - Cologne  Neuroscience Research Training Group entitled: “Neural Circuit Analysis on the Cellular and Subcellular Level”  (head-PI’s Prof. Ansgar Büschges & Prof. Sigrun Korsching)
  • since 04/2014: University of Cologne Advanced Researcher Group Grant (Ausschreibung im Rahmen des Zukunftskonzepts der Universität zu Köln), “Effect of Descending Input on Coordination of Coupled Oscillators”  (funding period 3 + 2 years)
  • 2012: Co-Applicant: Grant from the Thyssen Foundation for organizing the workshop “Neural Basis of Coordinated (Loco-)Motion at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin”
  • 2011: ‘Förderung für Nachwuchsgruppenleiterinnen und Juniorprofessorinnen - 2. Professorinnenprogramm' der Universität zu Köln
  • since 2010: DFG Emmy Noether Program (SM 206/3-1) on the topic "Dynamics of neuronal circuits" (for a total of a funding period of 3 +1 +1 years).

Teaching Summer Schools