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Pictures, Songs and Miscellaneous


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We record fly songs with a custom built set up, as described in Arthur et al. 2013, BMC Biology,

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Interested in Neuroscience, Animal Behaviour and Drosophila Genetics?

We have projects for exchange interns (Movieta, Swiss-European Mobility Programme, SEMP grants), Bachelor and Master students available!

Contact: Anne Philipsborn, anne.vonphilipsborn(at)

Twitter: PhilipsbornLab, @PhilipsbornL

Website at the University of Fribourg:

Mail address:

Philipsborn lab, University of Fribourg

Chemin du Musée 14, Building PER02

CH-1700 Fribourg


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  • H. Amin, S.S. Nolte, B. Swain and A.C. von Philipsborn (2023); GABAergic signaling shapes multiple aspects of Drosophila courtship motor behavior. bioRxiv 2023.01.24.525304; doi:

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, G. Shohat-Ophir and C. Rezaval (2023); Topic introduction: Measurement of Drosophila reproductive behaviors; Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, doi:10.1101/pdb.top107866

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, G. Shohat-Ophir and C. Rezaval (2023); Protocol Single-Pair Courtship and Competition Assays in Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot108105

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, G. Shohat-Ophir and C. Rezaval (2023); Protocol: Courtship Conditioning/Suppression Assays in Drosophila. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot108106

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, G. Shohat-Ophir and C. Rezaval (2023); Protocol: Probing Acoustic Communication during Fly Reproductive Behaviors. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot108107

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, G. Shohat-Ophir and C. Rezaval (2023); Protocol: Female Fly Postmating Behaviors. Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, doi:10.1101/pdb.prot108108

  • B. Swain and A.C. von Philipsborn (2021); Sound production in Drosophila melanogaster: Behaviour and neurobiology; Book chapter in: Sound Communication in Insects. Advances in Insect Physiology, 61, 141-187. DOI: 10.1016/bs.aiip.2021.08.001

  • N. Mermet-Joret, A. Moreno, A. Zbela, B.E. Ellendersen, N. Krauth, A. von Philipsborn, J. Piriz, J.Y. Lin, S. Nabavi (2021); Dual-color optical activation and suppression of neurons with high temporal precision. bioRxiv 2021.05.05.442824; doi:
  • A.C. von Philipsborn (2020); Neuroscience: The female art of saying no. (Dispatch) Current Biology, 30 (19): R1080-R1083. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.08.023
  • P. Kerwin and A.C. von Philipsborn (2020); Copulation Song in Drosophila: Do Females Sing to Change Male Ejaculate Allocation and Incite Postcopulatory Mate Choice? BioEssays,
  • P. Kerwin, J. Yuan and A.C. von Philipsborn (2020); Female copulation song is modulated by seminal fluid. Nature Communications, 11, 1430. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15260-6
  • S.E. Seidenbecher, J.I. Sanders, A.C. von Philipsborn, D. Kvitsiani (2020); Reward foraging task and model-based analysis reveal how fruit flies learn value of available options. PLOS ONE, 15 (10): e0239616. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239616
  • A. O’Sullivan, T. Lindsay, A. Prudnikova, B. Erdi, M. Dickinson, and A.C. von Philipsborn (2018); Multifunctional Wing Motor Control of Song and Flight. Current Biology, 28 (17): 2705-2717. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.038
  • A.C. von Philipsborn; Neurobiology (2018); Book chapter in: Insect Behaviour, from Mechanisms to Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences. Editors: Cordobar-Aguilar, Gonzalez-Tokman and Gonzalez-Santoyo, Oxford University Press 2018. DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797500.003.0003
  • B.E. Ellendersen and A.C. von Philipsborn (2017); Neuronal modulation of D. melanogaster sexual behaviour. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 24:21-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.08.005
  • S. Heinze and A.C. von Philipsborn (2017); Editorial: Recent advances in insect neuroethology: from sensory processing to circuits controlling internal states. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 24. DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2017.11.006
  • F. Fielderling, M. Weschenfelder, M. Fritz, A. von Philipsborn, M. Bastmeyer and F. Weth (2017); Ephrin-A/EphA specific co-adaptation as a novel mechanism in topographic axon guidance. eLIFE, 6:e25533. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.25533
  • M.N. Verzijden, J.K. Abbott, A.C. von Philipsborn and V. Loeschcke (2015); Male Drosophila melanogaster learn to prefer an arbitrary trait associated with female mating status. Current Zoology, 61 (6): 1036–1042. DOI: 10.1093/czoolo/61.6.1036
  • A.C. von Philipsborn, S. Jörchel, L. Tirian, E. Demir, T. Morita, D. L. Stern and B. J. Dickson (2014); Cellular and Behavioral Functions of fruitless Isoforms in Drosophila Courtship. Current Biology, 24 (3): 242-251. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.12.015

Anne’s papers before establishment of the lab:

  • A.C. von Philipsborn, T. Liu, J.Y. Yu, C. Masser, S.S. Bidaye and B.J. Dickson (2011); Neuronal control of Drosophila courtship song. Neuron, 69(3): 509-522. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.038
  • E. Seiradake, A.C. von Philipsborn, M. Henry, M. Fritz, H. Lortat-Jacob, M. Jamin, W. Hemrika, M. Bastmeyer, S. Cusak and A.A. McCarthy (2009); Structure and functional relevance of the Slit2 homodimerization domain. EMBO reports, 10(7): 736-741. DOI: 10.1038/embor.2009.95
  • S. Lang1, A.C. von Philipsborn1, A. Bernard, F. Bonhoeffer and M. Bastmeyer (2008); Growth cone response to ephrin gradients produced by microfluidic networks. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2008, 390(3): 809-816. (1shared first authorship) DOI: 10.1007/s00216-007-1363-3
  • A.C. von Philipsborn, S. Lang, Z. Jiang, F. Bonhoeffer and M. Bastmeyer (2007); Substrate-bound protein gradients for cell culture fabricated by microfluidic networks and microcontact printing. Science STKE, 414:pI6. DOI: 10.1126/stke.4142007pl6
  • A. von Philipsborn and M. Bastmeyer (2007); Mechanisms of Gradient Detection: A Comparison of Axon Pathfinding with Eukaryotic Cell Migration. International Review of Cytology, 263:1-62. DOI: 10.1016/S0074-7696(07)63001-0
  • A.C. von Philipsborn, S. Lang, J. Loeschinger, A. Bernard, C. David, D. Lehnert, M. Bastmeyer and F. Bonhoeffer (2006); Microcontact printing of axon guidance molecules for generation of graded patterns. Nature Protocols, 1:1322-8. DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2006.251
  • A.C. von Philipsborn, S. Lang, J. Loeschinger, A. Bernard, C. David, D. Lehnert, M. Bastmeyer and F. Bonhoeffer (2006); Growth cone navigation in substrate-bound ephrin gradients. Development, 133:2487-95. DOI: 10.1242/dev.02412
  • A.C. von Philipsborn, A. Ferrer-Vaquer, E. Rivera-Milla, C.A.O. Stuermer, E. Malaga-Trillo (2005); Restricted expression of reggie genes and proteins during early zebrafish development. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 482:257-72. DOI: 10.1002/cne.20423

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Anne C. von Philipsborn


I did a PhD in Germany and a postdoc at the IMP in Vienna, Austria. In 2014, I joined DANDRITE, the Danish Institute of Translational Neuroscience, at Aarhus University and established the lab. In February 2022, we moved to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where I am currently a full professor at the Faculty of Science and Medicine.


Lina Verbakel



Martin Bernet

PhD Student


Laurence Clément

Laboratory Technician


Valérie Salicio

Laboratory Technician


Malou Niada

Bachelor Student


Vladimir Trajanovikj

PhD Student


Valeria Panariello

PhD Student


Sabina Avosani



Bijayalaxmi Swain, PhD student (now Aarhus University)

Peter Kerwin, PhD student

Angelos Roupas, Erasmus Plus Student (now Cell Therapy Technician, Kite Pharma)

Jens Lindengren Andersen, Bachelor Student

Kawtar Cherkaoui, Research Intern (now Aarhus University)

Sean Hansen, Student Help (now PhD student Aarhus University)

Per Rosing Mogensen, IT Employee

Anna Prudnikova, Laboratory Technician (now Biomedicine, Aarhus University)

Julia Döring, Erasmus Plus Student

Hanna Grzesik, Erasmus Plus Student

Martyna Bączek, Erasmus Plus Student

Kawtar Cherkaoui, Erasmus Student

Baptiste Bertagne, Erasmus Student

Stella Nolte, Postdoc (now Biomedicine, Aarhus University)

Bárður Eyjólfsson Ellendersen, PhD Student (now Viminco, Denmark)

Angela O’Sullivan, PhD Student (now Eli Lilly, Cork, Ireland)

Francesca Barbieri, Erasmus Student

Jiasheng Yuan, Research Assistant

Volker Berendes, Postdoc (now University Bielefeld, Germany)

Hoger Amin, Master Student (now University of Sheffield, UK)

Begoña López Arias, Postdoc

Yanan Zhang, Erasmus Student

Andreas Brydenfelt Wulff, Intern (now University of Maryland, Baltimore, US)

Mateusz Kostecki, summer Intern (now Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland)

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