The laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology studies the peripheral autonomic nervous system and neuro-immune interactions in the gastro-instestinal tract and in the lung.
Morphofunctional research of the enteric nervous system focusses on neurotransmitters and their receptors involved in the intrinsic and extrinsic innervation of the gastro-intestinal tract in different animals and knock-out models under normal circumstances and in inflammatory models. Other research projects investigate neuro-immunological interactions between mast cells, macrophages and enteric neurons of animals infected with Schistosoma mansoni.
Functional morphology of intrapulmonary lung receptors, such as pulmonary neuroepithelial bodies (NEBs) and their innervation in studied in different animals and different (knock-out) models. Furthermore, confocal live cell imaging on lung slices is used to reveal the influence of hypoxia and other physiological stimuli on NEBs.