Dr Brandstaetter is a Zoologist with specialisations in developmental biology, physiology, neurobiology, neuroendocrinology, and circadian biology. His research approach is holistic and considers mechanistic investigations at various levels of organismal organisation to study molecular and cell biology, neurobiology and endocrinology, chronobiology, behaviour, ecology, and evolution of complex natural traits.
Following his research on the development of fishes and the ecomorphology of the developing brain in fishes, Dr Brandstaetter became interested in the circadian system during his first postdoctoral research years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research in Germany. After several years of research on the physiology of the pineal gland of fishes, Dr Brandstaetter moved on to study the circadian system of birds at the Max-Planck-Institute of Ornithology in Germany. Dr Brandstaetter’s primary research interests encompass the circadian control of reproduction and migration in birds, the circannual clock mechanism in birds, the human body clock, and neural plasticity of the adult vertebrate brain.
Willingness to take PhD students
Dr Brandstaetter can offer PhD supervision on topics including: mechanisms and functions of biological clocks; human biorhythms; neurobiology of learning and memory; and neurobiology and molecular biology of the circadian system.