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Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw


Prof. Dr.
Andrew Straw

Institute of Biology I

Group: Neurobiology and Behavior

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-67685



Focus of research

  • Neural circuits for visuo-motor behavior in Drosophila
  • Development of technology for behavioral and neural experiments


  • Since 2016 Professor, Institute of Biology I, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2012-2017 ERC Starting Grant FlyVisualCircuits
  • 2010-2015 IMP Fellow, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
  • 2004-2010 Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • 2004 PhD, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 1997 BS, University of Southern California

Selected publications

  • Dakin R*, Segre PS*, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Morphology, muscle capacity, skill, and maneuvering ability in hummingbirds. Science(2018) doi:10.1126/science.aao7104
  • Stowers JR*, Hofbauer M*, Bastien R, Griessner J⁑, Higgins P⁑, Farooqui S⁑, Fischer RM, Nowikovsky K, Haubensak W, Couzin ID, Tessmar-Raible K✎, Straw AD✎. Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals. Nature Methods (2017) doi:10.1038/nmeth.4399
  • Panser K*, Tirian L*, Schulze F*, Villalba S, Jefferis GSXE, Bühler K, Straw AD. Automatic segmentation of Drosophila neural compartments using GAL4 expression data reveals novel visual pathways. Current Biology (2016) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.052
  • Fenk LM*, Poehlmann A*, Straw AD. Asymmetric processing of visual motion for simultaneous figure and background responses. Current Biology 24(24), 2913-2919 (2014) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.042
  • Bath DE*, Stowers JR*, Hörmann D, Poehlmann A, Dickson BJ✎, Straw AD✎. FlyMAD: Rapid thermogenetic control of neuronal activity in freely-walking Drosophila. Nature Methods 11(7), 756-762 (2014) doi:10.1038/nmeth.2973

*,⁑ equal contribution
✎ co-corresponding author

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