Gene regulation and epigenetics of a lifetime body‐size memory in Drosophila

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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.

Selected publications by Roland Strauss

Krause T, Spindler L, Poeck B, Strauss R (2019) Drosophila Acquires a Long-Lasting Body-Size Memory from Visual Feedback. Curr Biol, 29(11):1833-1841.e3 Link

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 Link

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 Link

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

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