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Prof. Dr. Stefan Rotter


Prof. Dr.
Stefan Rotter

Institute of Biology III

Group: Computational Neuroscience

Phone: +49 (0)761 203 9316



Focus of research

  • computational neuroscience & brain theory
  • structure, dynamics & function of neuronal networks
  • synaptic plasticity, adaptivity and learning in brain networks


  • Since 2018 member of the Internal Accreditation Board of the Freiburg University
  • Since 2015 member of the Board of Directors of the German Neuroscience Society, spokesperson for the field of Computational Neuroscience
  • Since 2014 representative of Freiburg University in the “Landesnutzerausschuss” for the “HPC Landesstrategie” (bwHPC)
  • 2012 Instructional Development Award (IDA) of Freiburg University
  • Since 2012 principal investigator in the Cluster of Exzellence BrainLinks-BrainTools, since 2015 member of the Board of Directors
  • Since 2010 representative of the Bernstein Center Freiburg in the National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience
  • Since 2008 professor (W3) of Computational Neuroscience, Faculty of Biologie, Freiburg University
  • Since 2004 founding member of the Bernstein Center Freiburg, since 2010 member of the Board of Directors
  • 2002-2008 staff scientist (tenured), Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology, Freiburg
  • 2003 habilitation in Neurobiology/Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, Freiburg University
  • 1996-2002 research group leader (Hochschulassistent C1) for Theoretical Neurobiology & Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, Freiburg University
  • 1993-1996 postdoctoral researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
  • 1994 PhD (Dr.rer.nat.) in Physics, Tübingen University
  • 1989-1992 research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybernetics, doctoral studies in the Graduate School for Neurobiology at Tübingen University
  • 1989 MSc (Diplom) in Mathematics
  • 1982-1989 studies of Mathematics & Physics at Regensburg University, Brandeis University Waltham (MA, USA) and Hamburg University

Selected publications

  • Gallinaro JV, Rotter S. Associative properties of structural plasticity based on firing rate homeostasis in recurrent neuronal networks. Scientific Reports 8: 3754, 2018
  • Schiefer J, Niederbühl A, Pernice V, Lennartz C, LeVan P, Hennig J, Rotter S. From Correlation to Causation: Estimation of Effective Connectivity from Continuous Brain Signals based on Zero-Lag Covariance. PLOS Computational Biology 14(3): e1006056, 2018
  • Jovanović S, Rotter S. Interplay between graph topology and correlations of third order in spiking neuronal networks. PLOS Computational Biology 12(6): e1004963, 2016
  • Sadeh S, Rotter S. Orientation selectivity in inhibition-dominated networks of spiking neurons: effect of single neuron properties and network dynamics. PLOS Computational Biology 11(1): E1004045, 2015
  • Pernice V, Staude B, Cardanobile S, Rotter S. How Structure Determines Correlations in Neuronal Networks. PLOS Computational Biology 7(5): e1002059, 2011


[Link to complete publication list]

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