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Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester


Prof. Dr.
Ilka Diester

Institute of Biology III

Group: Optophysiology

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-8440



Focus of research

  • Neuronal underpinnings of motor control
  • Neuronal underpinnings of cognitive control
  • Prefrontal-motor interactions


  • Since 2014 Full Professor of Optophysiology (W3), University of Freiburg
  • 2011-2014 Research Group Leader, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI), Frankfurt
  • 2008-2011 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University, USA
  • 2003-2008 PhD Dr. rer. nat., University Tübingen
  • 1998-2003 Diploma in Biology, Humboldt University Berlin

Selected publications

  • Hardung S, Epple R, Jäckel Z, Eriksson D, Uran C, Senn V, Gibor L, Yizhar O, Diester I. (2017) A Functional Gradient in the Rodent Prefrontal Cortex Supports Behavioral Inhibition. Curr Biol. 20;27(4):549-555.
  • Hardung S, Alyahyay M, Eriksson D, Diester I. (2017) A Toolbox for Optophysiological Experiments in Freely Moving Rats. Front Syst Neurosci. 11;11:27.
  • Ni J, Wunderle T, Lewis CM, Desimone R, Diester I, Fries P. (2016) Gamma-Rhythmic Gain Modulation. Neuron. 92(1):240-251.
  • Fenno LE, Mattis J, Ramakrishnan C, Hyun M, Lee SY, He M, Tucciarone J, Selimbeyoglu A, Berndt A, Grosenick L, Zalocusky KA, Bernstein H, Swanson H, Perry C, Diester I, Boyce FM, Bass CE, Neve R, Huang ZJ, Deisseroth K. (2014) Targeting cells with single vectors using multiple-feature Boolean logic. Nat Methods. 11(7):763-72.
  • Diester I, Kaufman MT, Mogri M, Pashaie R, Goo W, Yizhar O, Ramakrishnan C, Deisseroth K, Shenoy KV. (2011) An optogenetic toolbox designed for primates. Nat Neurosci. 14(3):387-97.


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