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Dr. Melanie Hähnel-Taguchi


Melanie Hähnel-Taguchi

Institute of Biology I

Group: Physiology and Modulation of Sensory Systems

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-2586



Focus of research

  • Neurobiology of sensory systems, especially of the lateral line system in zebrafish
  • Physiology and modulation of sensory pathways
  • Behavior and sensory processing in larval zebrafish


  • Since 2016 Margarete-von-Wrangell-Fellow, Developmental Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 2016 Post Doc, Driever Lab, University of Freiburg
  • 2015 Adjunct Faculty, St. Johns River State College, FL, USA
  • 2010-2015 Post Doc, Liao Lab, University of Florida, FL, USA
  • 2009-2010 Post Doc, Grünewald Lab, University of Frankfurt a.M.
  • 2005-2009 PhD. Thesis, Menzel Lab, Free University of Berlin
  • 1999-2005 Studies of Biology, Free University of Berlin

Selected publications

  • Haehnel-Taguchi M, Akanyeti O, Liao J (2018): Behavior, Electrophysiology and Robotics Experiments to Study Lateral Line Sensing in Fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 58(5):874-883
  • Haehnel-Taguchi M, Fernandes AM, Böhler M, Schmitt I, Tittel L, Driever W (2018): Projections of the Diencephalospinal Dopaminergic System to Peripheral Sense Organs in Larval Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 12:20. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2018.00020
  • Haehnel-Taguchi M, Akanyeti O, Liao J (2014): Afferent and motor neuron activity in response to single neuromast stimulation in the posterior lateral line of larval zebrafish. Journal of Neurophysiology 112(6), 1329-1339
  • Haehnel M, Taguchi M, Liao JC (2012): Heterogeneity and dynamics of lateral line afferent innervation during development in zebrafish (Danio rerio). The Journal of Comparative Neurology 520 (7), 1376-1386
  • Liao JC, Haehnel M (2012): Physiology of afferent neurons in larval zebrafish provides a functional framework for lateral line somatotopy. Journal of Neurophysiology 107(10), 2615-2623 


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