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Biologist receives the ERC Starting Grant

Biology researcher Stanley Heinze at the Faculty of Science at Lund University in Sweden will receive the ERC Starting Grant. The grant amount of EUR 1.5 million over five years will secure his research on how insects – and by extension also humans – make decisions.
Stanly Heinze

Stanley Heinze obtained his PhD in Germany, and conducted research in the USA for four years before coming to Lund University in December 2012. He is part of the successful Lund Vision Group at the Faculty of Science, and he describes his research as neurobiology.

By studying the navigation of a particular moth species in Australia as well as two species of bees (one in Central America and one in Europe), Stanley Heinze is mapping how the nerve paths in the brain control the insects’ decisions.

“I know where they’re going, but not how they decide where to go. What in the brain determines if they are to take a left, a right, or continue straight ahead? That’s what I’m trying to find out”, he says.

The ERC Starting Grant secures Stanley Heinze’s academic career. Partly, it involves a certain degree of prestige which will probably be helpful in the future, and partly, the funds will enable him to expand his research group with an additional three people. Some of the funds will be used to pay for his salary, but also equipment and travel costs.

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