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Herwig Baier

Prof. Dr. Herwig Baier

Regular member MCN, GSN core faculty


Director MPI Neurobiology


Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology
Am Klopferspitz 18
D-82152 Martinsried

Phone: +49 (0)89 / 8578-3200
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 8578-3208


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Research focus: Genes, circuits, behavior

GSN students

Current: Marco Albanesi, Johannes KappelDuncan Mearns, Shachar Sherman

Graduated: Dr. Thomas Helmbrecht, Dr. Ksenia Yashina, Dr. Jessica Burgstaller, Dr. Yvonne Kölsch, Dr. Yunmin Wu

Selected publications:

Förster D, Dal Maschio M, Laurell E and Baier H (2017). An optogenetic toolbox for unbiased discovery of functionally connected cells in neural circuits. Nat Commun 8: 116.

Dal Maschio M, Donovan JC, Helmbrecht TO and Baier H (2017). Linking neurons to network function and behavior by two-photon holographic optogenetics and volumetric imaging. Neuron 94: 774-789.

Filosa A, Barker A, Dal Maschio M and Baier H (2016). Feeding state modulates behavioral choice and processing of prey stimuli in the zebrafish tectum. Neuron 90: 596-608.

Barker A and Baier H (2015). Sensorimotor decision-making in the zebrafish tectum. Curr Biol 25:2804-14.

Thiele T, Donovan JC and Baier H (2014). Modular descending control of swim posture in zebrafish. Neuron 83: 679-691.

Kubo F, Hablitzel B, Dal Maschio M, Driever W, Baier H and Arrenberg AB (2014). Functional architecture of an optic flow responsive area that drives horizontal eye movements in zebrafish. Neuron 81:1344-59.

Ziv L, Muto A, Schoonheim PJ, Meijsing SH, Strasser D, Ingraham HA, Schaaf MJ, Yamamoto KR and Baier H (2013). An affective disorder in zebrafish with mutation of the glucocorticoid receptor. Mol Psychiatry 18:681-691.

Miri A, Daie K, Arrenberg AB, Baier H, Aksay E and Tank DW. (2011) Spatial gradients and multidimensional dynamics in a neural integrator circuit. Nature Neuroscience 14: 1150-1159.

Xiao T, Staub W, Robles E, Gosse NJ, Cole GJ and Baier H. (2011) Assembly of lamina-specific neuronal connections by Slit bound to type IV collagen. Cell 146: 164-176.

Schoonheim PJ, Arrenberg AB, Del Bene F and Baier H. (2010) Optogenetic localization and genetic disruption of saccade-generating neurons in zebrafish. J. Neuroscience 30: 7111-7120.

Del Bene F, Wyart C, Robles E, Tran A, Looger L, Scott EK, Isacoff EY and Baier H. (2010) Filtering of visual information in the tectum by an identified neural circuit. Science 330: 669-673.

Arrenberg AB, Stainier DY, Baier H and Huisken J. (2010) Optogenetic control of cardiac function. Science 330: 971-974.