Passecker Lab


Passecker Lab

Research Overview

Our main research interest focuses on a better insight into how neuronal networks support cognitive control in both health and disease. How do we make decisions and how do the outcome and interpretation thereof affect our future goals, contextual interpretations, and decisions? Long-term or drastic misinterpretation of decisions outcomes can lead to a range of behavioral and neurophysiological coping mechanisms often resulting in psychiatric conditions and symptoms. At the same time, maladaptive developmental processes can lead to similarly detrimental outcomes with measurable neuropathological manifestations. Our aim is to improve the understanding neurobiological foundation of those processes and develop better model systems for stringent and efficient testing of potential rescue options of psychiatric disorders.

With colleagues and collaborators, we pursue an integrated approach by applying novel and state-of-the-art techniques to solve the scientific questions underlying psychiatric maladaptation of our brains. Our techniques involve Head-fixed and freely moving in-vivo Electrophysiology, Optogenetics, Genetic Mouse Lines, RNA-analysis, Immunohistochemistry, Behavioural testing, Machine Learning and Deep-learning assisted Analysis.

Join us & help our efforts!

Looking for Post-Doc Position?

Currently open for candidates who are interested to apply for independent Fellowships (Esprit or other international programs like Marie Curie). We work together to build a strong application package with collaborators where fitting.

Looking for a PhD?

Actively recruiting! (see link or contact me for more)

Looking for an Internship or Diploma/Master Thesis?

Actively recruiting! Just contact me!

We are currently actively recruiting for motivated students with a skillset in mechatronic (or related fields) or programming (Python preferentially).

Contact & Application Interested candidates should reach out any time to me @ johannes.passecker @

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Our Environment

We are located In the heart of the Tyrol, and consequently in the heart of the Alps. The Medical University of Innsbruck provides the best conditions for successful research and studies at an attractive location. The main objectives of the Medical University of Innsbruck are to provide top-quality training, world-class research, and continuous advancements in top-flight medicine. The University has some 3,300 students and 2,100 employees and is situated in a young and vibrant Innsbruck at the intersection of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria.

Our Lab is located directly at the River Inn at the Center for Biochemistry and Chemistry