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Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Driever


Prof. Dr.
Wolfgang Driever

Institute of Biology I

Group: Developmental Biology

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2587



Focus of research

  • Signaling and transcriptional networks in development
  • Regulation of neural stem cell niches
  • Development and function of dopaminergic systems


  • Since 2019 Co-Speaker, CIBSS Excellence Cluster
  • 2014-2016 & 2018-2019 Dean, Faculty of Biology
  • 2001-2012 Initiator and Speaker, SFB 592: Signaling Mechanisms in Embryogenesis and Organogenesis
  • Since 1996 Professor of Developmental Biology, Fakulty of Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 1996 Co-Founder, DeveloGen AG
  • 1990-1996 Assistant Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and MGH, Boston, USA
  • 1990-1991 Postdoc, Institute of Neurosciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
  • 1989-1990 Postdoc, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
  • 1986-1989 Doctoral thesis. MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
  • 1979-86 Study of Biochemistry at University of Tübingen, University of Munich and MPI for Biochemistry Munich 

Selected publications

  • Reinig S, Driever W, Arrenberg AB (2017). The descending diencephalic dopamine system is tuned to sensory stimuli. Current Biology 27, 318–333
  • Leichsenring, M., Maes, J., Mossner, R., Driever, W., and Onichtchouk, D. (2013). Pou5f1 transcription factor controls zygotic gene activation in vertebrates. Science 341, 1005-1009.
  • Song, S., Eckerle, S., Onichtchouk, D., Marrs, J.A., Nitschke, R., and Driever, W. (2013). Pou5f1-dependent EGF expression controls E-cadherin endocytosis, cell adhesion, and zebrafish epiboly movements. Dev Cell 24, 486-501.
  • Driever, W., Solnica-Krezel, L., Schier, A.F., Neuhauss, S.C., Malicki, J., Stemple, D.L., Stainier, D.Y., Zwartkruis, F., Abdelilah, S., Rangini, Z., et al. (1996). A genetic screen for mutations affecting embryogenesis in zebrafish. Development 123, 37-46.
  • Driever, W., and Nusslein-Volhard, C. (1988). The bicoid protein determines position in the Drosophila embryo in a concentration-dependent manner. Cell 54, 95-104.


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