Dept. of Physiology and Ethology
Laboratory of Physiology and Etology
Avian physiology and ethology are important components of basic and applied research. Applied avian physiology is connected mainly with poultry and is used for further development of the poultry industry. Currently agriculture is heading towards the transition from a highly efficient and profitable production to the production of “healthy products”.
This transition is faced with increasing public interest, changes in EU legislation, and are associated with poultry welfare issues as a problem specific to poultry research. The laboratory is focused on the use of combined physiological, neurobiological and behavioral approach in the study of hormones, neurotransmitters and their receptors in birds in the context of their behaviour. International recognition of our results in the research of behaviour and welfare of poultry is illustrated by numerous international cooperations with institutes such as. Scottish Agricultural College in the UK, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden and the University of Maryland, USA. This cooperation resulted in several joint research projects and publications.
Laboratory of Neurobiology
The aim of our work is to understand the molecular mechanisms of neuronal circuits that are essential for creating, modifying and maintaining complex behaviors such as speech and vocal learning. In our group we use an approach that integrates behavioral, anatomical and molecular biology techniques with non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging. The main models are songbirds, which are one of the few animal models that can learn and imitate sounds. Currently we are focusing on the study of basal ganglia function for learned vocal communication.
Dr. Erich D. Jarvis na Duke University, USA
Dr. Tom Smulders na Newcastle University, Great Britain
Dr. Annemie van der Linden, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Dr. Katharina Riebel, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Laboratory of Avian Embryology and Cell Cultures
We can see in experimental practice more frequent use of avian embryos as a replacement of mammalian models. Dense capillary network of chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) is suitable for the study of tumor angiogenesis and antivascular therapy. CAM is structurally similar to the retina, lung and placenta, as well as tissue of blood-brain barrier. Our laboratory using the Japanese quail CAM model for the study of cancer angiogenesis, photodynamic diagnosis and therapy as wel as for the development of new biophotonic techniques.
Equipment: Bios MIDI hatchery, Incubator Binder BF 115, CO2 incubator ESCO CCL-0508, Canon 5D II camera, macro lens MP-E 65 mm, Ocean Optics diode laser 405 nm, 150 mW