Gene Regulation and Epigenetics of a Lifetime Body‐Size Memory in <i>Drosophila</i>

Positions held

  • Since 2008: Visiting Scientist, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, USA
  • Since 2006: Full Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, University of Mainz
  • 2004-2006: Senor scientist at the Institute of Genetics & Neurobiology, University of Würzburg
  • 1999-2004: Head of a BMBF funded BioFuture‐group at the Theodor‐Boveri‐Institute for Biosciences, University of Würzburg
  • 1991-1999: Postdoc and later Senior Scientist and group leader at the MPI for Biocybernetics, Tübingen


  • 2003: Habilitation & venia legendi in Neurobiology; Faculty of Biology, University of Würzburg
  • 1991-1999: Postdoc with Prof. Dr. K.G. Götz, MPI for Biocybernetics, Tübingen
  • 1987-1991: Doctorate with Prof. Dr. M. Heisenberg, Bayerische Julius‐Maximilians‐Universität Würzburg Dr. rer. nat. in Neurogenetics (Summa cum laude)
  • 1987: Diploma in Atomic Physics, Bayerische Julius‐Maximilians‐Universität Würzburg
  • 1985: MSc in Particle Physics, State University of New York at Albany/U.S.A.

Most relevant publications by Roland Strauss

Thran J, Poeck B and Strauss R (2013). Serum Response Factor (SRF) mediated gene regulation in Drosophila visula working memory. Curr Biol, 23, 1756-1763

Kuntz S, Poeck B, Sokolowski MB and Strauss R (2012). The visual orientation memory of Drosophila requires Foraging (PKG) upstream of Ignorant (RSK2) in ring neurons of the central complex. Learn Mem, 19, 337‐340

Triphan T, Poeck B, Neuser K and Strauss R (2010). Visual targeting of motor actions in climbing Drosophila. Curr Biol, 20, 663‐668

Neuser K, Triphan T, Mronz M, Poeck B and Strauss R (2008). Analysis of a spatial orientation memory in Drosophila. Nature, 453, 1244‐1247

Pick S and Strauss R (2005). Goal‐driven behavioral adaptations in gap‐climbing Drosophila. Curr Biol, 15, 1473‐1478

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