MSc/PhD Program


Alumni (PhD)

This page honors the achievements of the PhD alumni of the Neurosciences Program. The first PhD graduates of the Neurosciences program submitted their doctoral thesis by September 2003. We would like to congratulate and wish them all the best for their future.

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The following doctoral thesis projects have been successfully completed in the Neurosciences Program since 2003. Click on name of student or thesis committee member for further details (student pages are not further updated after the doctorate). Click on title of doctoral thesis for online dissertation.

Doctoral theses 2011

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Ramya Nair

Synaptic Targeting of Neurotransmitter Receptors is Regulated by Neurobeachin

Nils Brose,
Tobias Moser,
Erwin Neher
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Moleular Neurobiology
Pinar Öz

Theoretical analysis of membrane properties underlying action potential phase-locking in noise-driven cells

Tobias Moser,
Fred Wolf,
Walter Stühmer
University of Göttingen,
InnerEarLab
Nikhil Sasidharan

Analysis of the RAB family of GTPases in C. elegans and their role in regulating neuronal membrane trafficking

Stefan Eimer,
Nils Brose,
Walter Stühmer
European Neuroscience Institute,
Molecular Neurogenetics
Raunak Sinha

Optical analysis of synaptic vesicle protein molecules during exo- and endocytosis using pH-switchable fluorescent probes

Jürgen Klingauf,
Erwin Neher,
Walter Stühmer
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics

Doctoral theses 2010

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Ye Chen

Subcellular localization of Kv10.1 (Eag1): functional ion channels on the inner nuclear membrane

Walter Stühmer,
Dirk Fasshauer,
Jakob Soerensen
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signals
Thomas Frank

Investigating the Calcium Signaling at Ribbon Synapses

Tobias Moser,
Detlev Schild,
Erwin Neher
University of Göttingen,
InnerEarLab
Sebastian Gliem

Characterization of olfactory receptor gene expression in the olfactory epithelium of larval Xenopus laevis

Detlev Schild,
Ralf Heinrich,
Jürgen Wienands
University of Göttingen,
Neurophysiology and Cellular Biophysics
Mrinalini Hoon

Role of Neuroligins at the Inhibitory Postsynaptic Compartment of the Retina

Frederique Varoqueaux,
Nils Brose,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Moleular Neurobiology
Wen Hu

Effects of stress on the GABAergic system in the hippocampal formation and medial prefrontal cortex of the adult male rat

Gabriele Flügge,
Ralf Heinrich,
Hubertus Jarry
German Primate Center,
Clinical Neurobiology
Chao-Hua Huang

The mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission at the layer 4 of sensory cortical areas

Erwin Neher,
Oliver Schlüter,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics
Ling Luo

Regulation of intracellular trafficking by UNC-50 and the GARP complex in C. elegans

Stefan Eimer,
Erwin Neher,
Fred Wouters
European Neuroscience Institute,
Molecular Neurogenetics
David Owald

Early Active Zone Assembly in Drosophila

Erwin Neher,
Stephan Sigrist,
Evgeni Ponimaskin
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics
Shahaf Peleg

Altered Histone 4 K12 Acetylation is Associated with Age Dependent Memory Impairment in Mice

André Fischer,
Mathias Bähr,
Wolfgang Fischle
European Neuroscience Institute,
Laboratory for Aging and Cognitive Diseases
Andrea Wirmer

Modulatory effects of nitric oxide and juvenile hormone on the control of reproductive behavior in female Chorthippus biguttulus

Ralf Heinrich,
Gabriele Flügge,
Andreas Stumpner
University of Göttingen,
Neurobiology
Andrew T. Woehler

Quantitative analysis of Förster resonance energy transfer from spectrally resolved fluorescence measurements

Erwin Neher,
Evgeni Ponimaskin,
Detlev Schild
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics

Doctoral theses 2009

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Ioanna
Bethani

Investigation of SNARE function in the early endosomal compartment

Reinhard Jahn,
Nils Brose,
Evgeni Ponimaskin
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Neurobiology
Esther
Breunig

Transduction in Olfactory Receptor Neurons of Xenopus laevis Larvae: Pharmacological Blockage with FM1-43 and Endocannabinoid Modulation

Detlev Schild,
Tobias Moser,
Walter Stühmer
University of Göttingen,
Neurophysiology and Cellular Biophysics
Annette
Heinrich

Molecular mechanisms of the effect of the mood stabilizer lithium on cAMP-induced CREB transcriptional activity

Gabriele Flügge,
Ralf Heinrich,
Klaus-Armin Nave
German Primate Center,
Clinical Neurobiology
Min
Huang

Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Pattern Formation in the Cerebral Cortex: Visual Maps, Population Response and Action Potential Generation

Fred Wolf,
Stefan Treue,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization,
Nonlinear Dynamics
Stephan
Junek

Investigation of spatio-temporal coding in the olfactory bulb of larval Xenopus laevis using fast confocal imaging

Detlev Schild,
Erwin Neher,
Fred Wolf
University of Göttingen,
Neurophysiology and Cellular Biophysics
Schanila
Nawaz

The Role of Phosphoinositides in the Interaction of Myelin Basic Protein with the Oligodendroglial Cell Membrane

Klaus-Armin Nave,
Reinhard Jahn,
Evgeni Ponimaskin
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Neurogenetics
Anjana
Nityanandam

Investigation of Sip1 gene interactions in the development of the mammalian telencephalon

Walter Stühmer,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Kerstin Krieglstein
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signals
Marija
Sumakovic

The role of UNC-108/RAB-2 in neuronal dense core vesicle maturation in C. elegans

Stefan Eimer,
Reinhard Jahn,
Herbert Jäckle
European Neuroscience Institute,
Molecular Neurogenetics
Alexander
Walter

The timing of the final assembly of the SNARE complex in exocytosis

Jakob Soerensen,
Reinhard Jahn,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Molecular Mechanisms of Exocytosis
Arwed
Weigel

Quantitation Strategies in Optically Sectioning Fluorescence Microscopy

André Zeug,
Detlev Schild,
Walter Stühmer
University of Göttingen,
Neurophysiology and Cellular Biophysics

Doctoral theses 2008

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Amit
Agarwal

Cortical development and myelination in the absence of Schizophrenia susceptibility gene Neuregulin1

Klaus-Armin Nave,
Mathias Bähr,
Markus Missler
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Neurogenetics
Katharina
Anton-Erxleben

Psychophysics and physiology of attentional influences on visual motion processing

Stefan Treue,
Jens Frahm,
Thomas Rammsayer
German Primate Center,
Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychology
Tsai-Wen
Chen

A Systems Level Analysis of Neuronal Network Function in the Olfactory Bulb: Coding, Connectivity, and Modular organization

Detlev Schild,
Walter Stühmer,
Fred Wolf
University of Göttingen,
Neurophysiology and Cellular Biophysics
Michael
Kunst

Functional organisation of the central complex of the grasshopper Chorthippus biguttulus in relation to the control of sound production

Ralf Heinrich,
Nils Brose,
Tobias Moser
University of Göttingen,
Neurobiology
Lucian
Medrihan

Early synaptic imbalance in genetic mice models of Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Weiqi Zhang,
Nils Brose,
Markus Missler
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Luis Felipe
Opazo

Glutamate-induced reversal of dopamine transport is mediated by the PKC signaling pathway

Jörg B. Schulz,
Walter Stühmer,
Mathias Bähr
University of Göttingen,
Neurodegeneration
Alexandros
Poulopoulos

Mechanisms of Neuroligin Function in Inhibitory Postsynaptic Differentiation

Nils Brose,
Evgeni Ponimaskin,
Ralf Heinrich
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Neurobiology
Derya Sargin

Novel treatment approaches based on identification of molecular determinants in neuropsychiatric diseases

Hannelore Ehrenreich,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Nils Brose
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Clinical Neurosciences
Kamila
Sroka

Huntingtin toxicity is ameliorated by BAG1 through modulation of its aggregation, degradation and subcellular distribution

Mathias Bähr,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Fred Wouters
University of Göttingen,
Neurology
Kristian Wadel

The mechanism mediating fast neurotransmitter release at the calyx of Held synapse

Erwin Neher,
Reinhard Jahn,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics

Doctoral theses 2007

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Pinar
Boyraz

Perception of visual motion speed in human and monkey

Stefan Treue,
Jens Frahm,
Uwe Jürgens
German Primate Center,
Cognitive Neuroscience and Biological Psychology
Benjamin
Cooper

Membrane glycoprotein M6a: expression and regulation by stress in the brain

Gabriele Flügge,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Ursula Havemann-Reinecke
German Primate Center,
Clinical Neurobiology
Irina
Dudanova

Roles of α-neurexins in synapse stabilization and Ca2+-dependent endocrine secretion

Markus Missler,
Kerstin Krieglstein,
Stephan Sigrist
University of Göttingen,
Center for Physiology
Konstantin
Glebov

Role of palmitoylation in the serotonin receptor functioning

Evgeni Ponimaskin,
Diethelm Richter,
Harald Neumann
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Garrit
Jentsch

Modelling chemical signalling as stochastic reaction diffusion systems

Rainer Kree,
Erwin Neher,
Annette Zippelius
University of Göttingen,
Institute of Theoretical Physics
Henry Harry
Lütcke

The role of human medial frontal cortex in cognition investigated by functional magnetic resonance imaging

Jens Frahm,
Stefan Treue,
Thomas Rammsayer
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Biomedical Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Ltd.
Gaston
Sendin

Maturation of ribbon synapses in hair cells is driven by thyroid hormone

Tobias Moser,
Jakob Soerensen,
Detlev Schild
University of Göttingen,
InnerEarLab

Doctoral theses 2006

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Nashat
Abumaria

Identification of Genes in the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus Regulated by Chronic Stress and Citalopram

Gabriele Flügge,
Eckart Rüther,
Nils Brose
German Primate Center,
Clinical Neurobiology
Mohiuddin
Ahmad

The role of α-neurexins in Ca2+-dependent synaptic transmission and plasticity

Markus Missler,
Detlev Schild,
Nils Brose
University of Göttingen,
Center for Physiology
Ignacio
Delgado Martínez

Functional Studies of SNAP-25 Using a Knock-Out and Rescue Approach

Jakob Sørensen,
Reinhard Jahn,
Detlev Schild
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
AG Molecular Mechanisms of Exocytosis
Ajit Singh
Dhaunchak

Subcellular trafficking of proteolipid protein (PLP/DM20) and novel mechanisms of ER retention in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease

Klaus-Armin Nave,
Reinhard Jahn,
Harald Neumann
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Neurogenetics
Emilio
Erazo Fischer

The role of auditory sensory input during functional pre- and postsynaptic maturation of the calyx of Held synapse

Erwin Neher,
Walter Stühmer,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics
José Tiago
Goncalves

Visualization of the Ca2+-dependent regulation of voltage-gated Ether-à-go-go channels by FRET microscopy

Walter Stühmer,
Erwin Neher,
Fred Wouters
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signals
Olexiy
Kochubey

Probing modes of vesicle docking in neurosecretory cells with evanescent wave microscopy

Jürgen Klingauf,
Erwin Neher,
Tobias Moser
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Microscopy of Synaptic Transmission
Natalya
Korogod

Mechanisms of posttetanic potentiation and its possible role in maturation of the calyx of Held synapse

Ralf Schneggenburger,
Erwin Neher,
Markus Missler
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
AG Synaptic Dynamics and Modulation
Bei-Jung
Lin

Odor Modulation of Electrical and [Ca2+]i Activities in Neurons of the Olfactory Bulb

Detlev Schild,
Eberhard Fuchs,
Walter Stühmer
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Ira
Milosevic

Spatial and temporal aspects of PI(4,5)P2 and SNAREs in exocytosis studied using isolated membrane sheets and capacitance measurements

Erwin Neher,
Reinhard Jahn,
Detlev Schild
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics
Amaya
Miquelajáuregui

Role of Smad-interacting Protein 1 (Sip1/Zfhx1b) in the development of the cerebral cortex

Walter Stühmer,
Nils Brose,
Herbert Jäckle
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signals
Manuela
Schmidt

Characterization of synaptic protein complexes in Drosophila melanogaster

Stephan Sigrist,
Herbert Jäckle,
Fred Wouters
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen,
Neuroplasticity
Zinayida
Shevtsova

Development of Viral Tools for CNS Gene Transfer: Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors in Gene Therapy of Parkinson’s Disease

Mathias Bähr,
Markus Missler,
Reinhard Jahn
University of Göttingen,
Neurology
Martin
Wienisch

Visualization of synaptic vesicle protein recycling during exo-endocytosis at individual hippocampal boutons

Jürgen Klingauf,
Erwin Neher,
Detlev Schild
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Microscopy of Synaptic Transmission

Doctoral theses 2005

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Monika
Albert

Grey matter pathology in multiple sclerosis

Klaus-Armin Nave,
Harald Neumann,
Jens Frahm
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Neurogenetics
Yaisa Seretha
Andrews-Zwilling

Targeting and anchoring of Munc13-1 and ubMunc13-2 to active zones by RIM1α

Nils Brose,
Reinhard Jahn,
Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann
MPI for Experimental Medicine,
Molecular Neurobiology
Marcin
Barszczewski

The establishment and characterization of an improved cell-free assay for exocytosis in neuroendocrine PC12 cells

Reinhard Jahn,
Erwin Neher,
Nils Brose
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Neurobiology
Urs
Heilbronner

Alpha-2 adrenoceptors in the paraventricular thalamic nucleus: effects of agonist stimulation and chronic psychosocial stress

Gabriele Flügge,
Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann,
Willhart Knepel
German Primate Center,
Clinical Neurobiology
Darina
Khimich

Molecular physiology of the inner hair cell ribbon synapses

Tobias Moser,
Erwin Neher,
Norbert Elsner
University of Göttingen,
Otorhinolaryngology
Ibrahim John Mohammed
Malik

Long-term neuroprotection in an optic nerve axotomy model using recombinant Adeno Associated Virus (rAAV)

Mathias Bähr,
Reinhard Jahn,
Harald Neumann
University of Göttingen,
Neurology
Till
Manzke

Expression and function of serotonin receptor isoforms in the respiratory system

Diethelm Richter,
Erwin Neher,
Willhart Knepel
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Christian
Rochford

Targeting Gene Therapy to Neuroinflammatory Lesions in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis

Harald Neumann,
Erwin Neher,
Nils Brose
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen,
Neuroimmunology
Jan
Schindehütte

Embryonic stem cell-based cell replacement therapy - Neurotransplantation in the rat model of Parkinson’s disease -

Walter Paulus,
Peter Gruss,
Eberhard Fuchs
University of Göttingen,
Clinical Neurophysiology
Laura Elizabeth
Swan

Role of the mGRIP1 homologue DGrip in the Drosophila neuromuscular system

Stephan Sigrist,
Nils Brose,
Erwin Neher
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen,
Neuroplasticity
Katalin
Szöke

Function of glial cells in the inhibitory synaptic transmission of the respiratory network

Swen Hülsmann,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Diethelm Richter
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Shi-Bing
Yang

Block of potassium channels by haloperidol and its related compounds

Marjan Rupnik,
Erwin Neher,
Tobias Moser
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen,
Neuroendocrinology

Doctoral theses 2004

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Friederike
Bergmann

Mitochondrial metabolism in hypoglossal motoneurons from mouse – implications for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Bernhard Keller,
Walter Paulus,
Erwin Neher
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Ekaterina
Papoucheva

The functional role of palmitoyaltion of the 5-HT1A receptor

Evgeni Ponimaskin,
Reinhard Jahn,
Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Tobias Manuel
Rasse

In vivo imaging of long-term changes in the Drosophila neuromuscular system

Stephan Sigrist,
Erwin Neher,
Herbert Jäckle
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen
Neuroplasticity
Stephan
Speier

Electrophysiological characterization of insulin secreting β-cells in pancreatic tissue slices

Marjan Rupnik,
Erwin Neher,
Stephan Sigrist
European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen,
Neuroendocrinology
Keneuoe Hycianth
Thinyane

Transplantation of mouse embryonic stem cell-derived dopaminergic neurons in a unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine lesion rat model of Parkinson’s Disease: characterisation of the fate of the engrafted cells and the host responses

Walter Paulus,
Eberhard Fuchs,
Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann
University of Göttingen,
Clinical Neurophysiology

Doctoral theses 2003

Student Title of doctoral thesis PhD Thesis Committee Institution,
Department
Martin
Balastik

Trim2 mutant mice as a model for cerebellar ataxia

Peter Gruss,
Klaus-Armin Nave,
Wolfgang Engel
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Molecular Cell Biology
Ivan
Manzini

Diversity of transduction mechanisms in receptor neurons of the main olfactory epithelium in Xenopus laevis tadpoles

Detlev Schild,
Friedrich-Wilhelm Schürmann,
Walter Stühmer
University of Göttingen,
Neuro- and Sensory Physiology
Gábor
Nagy

Pre- and Posttranslational Regulation of Neurosecretion

Erwin Neher,
Diethelm Richter,
Reinhard Jahn
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Membrane Biophysics
Joanna
Napp

N-linked glycosylation of ether á go-go potassium channels: effects on cell surface expression and functional properties

Walter Stühmer,
Reinhard Jahn,
Michael Rickmann
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry,
Cellular Biology