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Prof. Dr. Johann Bollmann


Prof. Dr.
Johann Bollmann

Institute of Biology I

Group: Neural circuits and behavior

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2907



Focus of research

  • Neuroethology in genetic model organisms
  • Structure and function of neural circuits in the visual system
  • Development of motor control in the zebrafish model


  • Since 2018 Professor at the Institute of Biology I, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 2018-2022 Heisenberg-Professorship, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 2009-2017 Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
  • 2016 Habilitation, Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg
  • 2004-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2001-2003 Postdoc, Dept. of Cell Physiology, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
  • 1998-2001 PhD Thesis, University of Heidelberg and Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
  • 1991-1997 Studies in Physics and Physiology at Universities of Göttingen, Berkeley and Heidelberg

Selected publications

  • Ali*, MA, Lischka*, K, Preuss, SJ, Trivedi, CA, and Bollmann, JH (2023). A synaptic corollary discharge signal suppresses midbrain visual processing during saccade-like locomotion. Nature Communications 14. *equal contribution
  • Bollmann, JH (2019). The zebrafish visual system: from circuits to behavior. Annual Review of Vision Science 5, 269-293.
  • Svara, FN, Kornfeld, J, Denk, W, and Bollmann JH (2018). Volume EM reconstruction of spinal cord reveals wiring specificity in speed-related motor circuits. Cell Reports 23, 2942-2954.
  • Preuss, SJ, Trivedi, CA, Maurer, CM, Ryu, S, and Bollmann, JH (2014). Classification of object size in retinotectal microcircuits. Current Biology 24, 2376-2385.
  • Gabriel, J.P., Trivedi, C.A., Maurer, C.M., Ryu, S., and Bollmann, J.H. (2012). Layer-specific targeting of direction-selective neurons in the zebrafish optic tectum. Neuron 76, 1147-1160.


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