Research topics

Behavioural responses are evolutionarily important for adaptation and survival. In contrast to learnt responses, which are based on perception and consolidated memory requiring primer and associative sensory system, the innate (inborn) behavioural actions need no previous experience. Although there are known neuronal networks and molecular architectures which involved in innate and/or learnt emotional behavior, the neuronal mechanism explaining the ability of controlling distinct brain functions including emotional behavior is still not clear. Using multidisciplinary approaches, we are exploring how the emotional behaviors are modulated.

Current grants

National Brain Research Program, NKFIH


László Acsády (MTA KOKI, Budapest, Hungary)

Antal Berényi (University of Szeged)

Péter Barthó (MTA TTK KPI, Budapest, Hungary)

István Ulbert (MTA TTK KPI, Budapest, Hungary)

András Málnási-Csizmadia (ELTE TTK, Budapest, Hungary)

Ingrid Ehrlich (CIN Tübingen, Germany)

Ofer Yizhar (Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Izrael)

Mario Penzo (NIH, Bethesda, USA)

Francisco Clasca (Autonoma University, Madrid, Spain)

Marco Diana (CNRS-UPMC, Paris, France)

Zsolt Lenkei (ESPCI-ParisTech, Paris, France)


István Ulbert (acting group leader)