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Andrew Straw


Lab: Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw
Department: Institute of Biology I
Dept. Neurobiology and Behavior
Address: Hauptstr. 1
79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 67685
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PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Neurosciences
Research Interests: - Neural circuits of visual reflexes and visual navigation in Drosophila
- Technology development for neurobiology and neuroethology
- Neurogenetic, including optogenetic, approaches to neural circuit function


Education & Training: 2004: PhD degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia
2001–2004: PhD thesis under supervision of Dr. David C. O'Carroll at the University of Adelaide, Australia
1997–2001: PhD candidate under supervision of Dr. David C. O'Carroll at University of Washington, Seattle, USA
1993–1997: BSc in Biology with Honors in Neurobiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
Employment & Experience: since 2016: Professor, Institute of Biology I & Member, Bernstein Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Germany
2010-2015: IMP Fellow, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
2010: Senior Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
2004-2010: Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA


Selected Publications:

Fernández A, Straw A, Distel M, Leitgeb R, Baltuska A, Verhoef AJ. Dynamic real-time subtraction of stray-light and background for multiphoton imaging. Biomed Opt Express. 2020 Dec 14;12(1):288-302.  Abstract

Linneweber GA, Andriatsilavo M, Dutta SB, Bengochea M, Hellbruegge L, Liu G, Ejsmont RK, Straw AD, Wernet M, Hiesinger PR, Hassan BA. A neurodevelopmental origin of behavioral individuality in the Drosophila visual system. Science. 2020 Mar 6;367(6482):1112-1119.  Abstract

Dakin R, Segre PS, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Morphology, muscle capacity, skill, and maneuvering ability in hummingbirds. Science. 2018 Feb 8;359(6376):653-657.  Abstract

Stowers JR, Hofbauer M, Bastien R, Griessner J, Higgins P, Farooqui S, Fischer RM, Nowikovsky K, Haubensak W, Couzin ID, Tessmar-Raible K, Straw AD. Virtual reality for freely moving animals. Nat Methods. 2017 Oct;14(10):995-1002. Abstract

Segre PS, Dakin R, Read TJG, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Mechanical Constraints on Flight at High Elevation Decrease Maneuvering Performance of Hummingbirds. Curr Biol. 2016 Dec 19;26(24):3368-3374.  Abstract

Panser K, Tirian L, Schulze F, Villalba S, Jefferis GSXE, Bühler K, Straw AD. Automatic Segmentation of Drosophila Neural Compartments Using GAL4 Expression Data Reveals Novel Visual Pathways. Curr Biol. 2016 Aug 8;26(15):1943-1954.  Abstract

Segre PS, Dakin R, Zordan VB, Dickinson MH, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna's hummingbirds. Elife. 2015 Nov 19;4:e11159.  Abstract

Fenk LM, Poehlmann A, Straw AD. Asymmetric processing of visual motion for simultaneous object and background responses. Curr Biol. 2014 Dec 15;24(24):2913-9. Abstract

Bath DE, Stowers JR, Hörmann D, Poehlmann A, Dickson BJ, Straw AD. FlyMAD: rapid thermogenetic control of neuronal activity in freely walking Drosophila. Nat Methods. 2014 Jul;11(7):756-62. Abstract

Stowers JR, Fuhrmann A, Hofbauer M, Streinzer M, Schmid A, Dickinson MH, Straw AD. Reverse engineering animal vision with virtual reality and genetics. Computer 2014 47(7), 38-45.  Abstract

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