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Johann Bollmann


Lab: Prof. Dr. Johann Bollmann
Department: Institute of Biology I
Dept. of Developmental Biology
Address: Hauptstrasse 1,
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 2907
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PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Neurosciences
Research Interests: - Understanding neural circuits underlying behavior in genetic model organisms, using genetics, functional imaging and electrophysiology.
- Visual information processing and motor control in the vertebrate central nervous system.
- Development of neural circuits in the zebrafish model system.


Education & Training: 2016 Habilitation, Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg
1998 - 2001 PhD thesis (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Heidelberg and Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
1994 - 1997 Diploma in Physics (Physiology), University of Heidelberg
1993 - 1994 University of California at Berkeley
1991 - 1993 Vordiplom, University of Göttingen
Employment & Experience: 2018 - Heisenberg Professorship (W3), Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
2017 - 2018 DFG-Heisenberg Fellow, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
2009 - 2017 Research group leader, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research Heidelberg
2009 - 2017 Faculty member, Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Heidelberg
2009 - 2017 Member, Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences Heidelberg
2009 - 2017 Member, CellNetworks Excellence Cluster Heidelberg
2004 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Dept of Molecular & Cellular Biology
2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
Scientific Activities: 2019 - Promotionsausschuss, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
2016 Scientific Co-organizer of the Annual Retreat of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences, Heidelberg University
2013 Lecturer at EMBO Practical Course Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Imaging of neural development in zebrafish
2007 Lecturer at Spring School, ‘Presynaptic Terminals’, University of Jerusalem
2001 Teaching fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Course “Imaging Structure and Function in the Nervous System”

Peer review e.g. Neuron, Nature Methods, Current Biology, Journal of Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neural Circuits, Pflügers Archive
European Research Council (ERC), DFG (Germany), Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (MRC, UK), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, UK), Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (Germany), Institute of Translational Science (France)

Membership: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWG), Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Freiburg


Honors and Awards:

2018 Heisenberg Professorship

2017 Heisenberg Fellowship

2005 - 2007 Long-term fellow of the Human Frontier Science Program Organization

2002 Otto-Hahn-Medal, Max-Planck-Society, young investigator award

2001 PhD thesis, University of Heidelberg, ‘summa cum laude’

1997 Diplom, University of Heidelberg, ‘with distinction’

1993 - 1994 Education Abroad Program, University of California at Berkeley



Selected Publications:

Bollmann JH. The Zebrafish Visual System: From Circuits to Behavior. Annu Rev Vis Sci. 2019 Sep 15;5:269-293.  Abstract

Svara FN, Kornfeld J, Denk W, Bollmann JH. Volume EM Reconstruction of Spinal Cord Reveals Wiring Specificity in Speed-Related Motor Circuits. Cell Rep. 2018 Jun 5;23(10):2942-2954.  Abstract

Vom Berg-Maurer CM, Trivedi CA, Bollmann JH, De Marco RJ, Ryu S. The Severity of Acute Stress Is Represented by Increased Synchronous Activity and Recruitment of Hypothalamic CRH Neurons. J Neurosci. 2016 Mar 16;36(11):3350-62.  Abstract

Preuss SJ, Trivedi CA, vom Berg-Maurer CM, Ryu S, Bollmann JH. Classification of object size in retinotectal microcircuits. Curr Biol. 2014 Oct 20;24(20):2376-85.  Abstract

Trivedi CA, Bollmann JH. Visually driven chaining of elementary swim patterns into a goal-directed motor sequence: a virtual reality study of zebrafish prey capture. Front Neural Circuits. 2013 May 10;7:86.  Abstract

Gabriel JP, Trivedi CA, Maurer CM, Ryu S, Bollmann JH. Layer-specific targeting of direction-selective neurons in the zebrafish optic tectum. Neuron. 2012 Dec 20;76(6):1147-60.  Abstract

Bollmann JH, Engert F. Subcellular topography of visually driven dendritic activity in the vertebrate visual system. Neuron. 2009 Mar 26;61(6):895-905.  Abstract

Orger MB, Kampff AR, Severi KE, Bollmann JH, Engert F. Control of visually guided behavior by distinct populations of spinal projection neurons. Nat Neurosci. 2008 Mar;11(3):327-33.  Abstract

Bollmann JH, Sakmann B. Control of synaptic strength and timing by the release-site Ca2+ signal. Nat Neurosci. 2005 Apr;8(4):426-34.  Abstract

Bollmann JH, Sakmann B, Borst JG. Calcium sensitivity of glutamate release in a calyx-type terminal. Science. 2000 Aug 11;289(5481):953-7.  Abstract

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