Martin Heisenberg#


Martin Heisenberg
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Present and Previous Positions
  • 2008-2012 Hochschulrat, Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • 2007-2010 Stiftungsrat , of Leibnitz-Institute for Neurobiology
  • 2008 Visiting Professor, Janelia Farm Research Campus, HHMI
  • 2008-1-10 Prof. emeritus
  • 1997 Ida Beam Visiting Professor, University of Iowa
  • 1986-87 Cornelius Wiersma Visiting Professor of Neurobiology California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • 1975- Professor of Genetics, Head of Department (Lehrstuhl) of Genetics, Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, Würzburg University, (since 1992: Biozentrum; Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften; Lehrstuhl für Genetik; since 2000: Lehrstuhl für Genetik und Neurobiologie)
  • 1975 Visiting Research Fellow, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1968-75 Assistent at Max Planck Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen (Abt. K.G. Götz)


Fields of Scholarship
  • investigation of brain and behaviour of Drosophila
  • visual pattern recognition
  • localization of memory traces
  • role of initiating activity in operant conditioning
  • selective attention
  • motivation


Honours and Awards
  • 1976- European Molecular Biology Organization
  • 1983 International Society of Neuroethology
  • 1984 Gesellschaft für physikalische Biologie
  • 1989- Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • 1998 Academia Europaea
  • 1999 Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
  • 2001 Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 2006 Karl-Ritter-von-Frisch-Medal
  • 2009 Dr. h.c. Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
  • 2007-2010 President, International Society of Neuroethology



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