About our research

This Master’s specialisation is tightly connected to the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI), a leading centre of research expertise with a strong international reputation. On this page, you can read more about the relevant research institute(s) and departments in which our highly renowned research takes place.

Research institutes

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

The Donders Institute is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behaviour in health and disease. Its mission includes conducting interdisciplinary research of excellence at the unique interface between genetic, molecular, and cellular processes at one end and computational, system-level neuroscience with cognitive and behavioural analysis at the other end. The research includes cognition and behaviour in humans, as well as on the neuronal substrate, including the genetic, molecular and cellular processes that underlie cognition and behaviour in animals. 

Research groups

As a Neurobiology student, you will perform research at the DI during your internship(s). You are free to choose the research topic of your interest, and a specific approach that matches your background. Of course we are happy to provide you with advice. Two examples are:

Department of Neurophysiology


Research in the Department of Neurophysiology is focused on the organisation and function of neural circuits. The brain constantly processes information from the environment through sensory organs to generate action. Researchers aim to understand the nature of sensorimotor computation that the brain employs by using multidisciplinary approaches, ranging from molecular control of neural activity and physiological recordings from identified neurons or networks to computational modelling.

Molecular Biology

Molecular Animal Physiology

The overall challenge of this research group is to explore the functioning of the brain from genotype to molecular pathways in neurodevelopmental trajectories to neuronal circuitry phenotypes and beyond to behaviour and cognition.