Michael Mende


I am head of the animal facility in Iain’s department, as well as responsible for work- and laser- safety. I further coordinate the day-to-day tasks in the labs. I received my Diploma in Biology and Doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany. During my first PostDoc, in the lab of Andrea Streit, King’s College London, UK, I studied inner ear development in the chick embryo. I moved on to looking into synapse formation and circuit homeostasis in the mouse spinal cord, when relocating to Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, USA, to join the lab of Julia Kaltschmidt (now in Stanford).

Upon returning to Europe, I left research to coordinate first the Excellence Initiative funded Graduate School Quantitative Bioscience Munich, then helped establish the International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry, also in Munich.

My interest to support research beyond the coordination of graduate programmes brought me to Konstanz. I have a strong interest in Research Integrity and train Graduate Students, PostDocs and Faculty Members in Good Scientific Practices, as well as provide council in the role of Ombudsperson for the MPI-AB.