Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1986
    Studied biology at Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany; Vordiplom (intermediate examination) in biology

  • 1986 – 1990
    Studied biology at Braunschweig University of Technology and the Technical University of Munich, Germany; Diplom degree in biology

  • 1995
    Doctorate in biology under Prof. Honegger at the Technical University of Munich

  • 2006
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in physiology under Prof. P. Jonas at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1995 – 1998
    Postdoc under Prof. M. Nusbaum at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

  • 1998 – 2007
    C1 assistant professor at the University of Freiburg

  • 2007 – 2010
    Full professor (personal chair) of neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences, UK

  • Since 2010
    W3 Professor of cellular and systemic neurophysiology, University of Freiburg

Selected publications

  • Murray AJ, Sauer J, Mcclure CJ, Cheyne LA, Riedel G, Bartos M, Wisden W, Wulff P (2011): Parvalbumin-positive hippocamapl interneurons are required for spatial working but not reference memory Nat Neurosci (Epup ahead of print).

  • Bartos M, Alle H, Vida I (2010): Role of microcircuit structure and input integration in hippocampal interneuron recruitment and plasticity. Neuropharmacology (Epub ahead of print).

  • Sambandan S, Sauer J, Vida I, Bartos M (2010): Associative plasticity at excitatory synapses of fast-spiking interneurons in the dentate gyrus. J Neurosci 30:11826-11837.

  • Sauer J, Bartos M (2010): Recruitment of early postnatal parvalbumin-positive hippocampal interneurons by GABAergic excitation. J Neurosci 20:110-115.

  • Doischer, D, Hosp, P, Yanagawa, Y, Obata, K, Jonas, P, Vida, I, Bartos, M (2008): Postnatal development of hippocampal basket cells from slow to fast signaling devices. J Neurosci 26:12956-12968.

  • Bartos M, Vida I, Jonas P (2007): Synaptic mechanisms of synchronized gamma oscillations in inhibitory interneuron networks. Nat Rev Neurosci 8:45-56.

  • Vida I, Bartos M, Jonas P (2006): Shunting inhibition improves robustness of gamma oscillations in hippocampal interneuron networks by homogenizing firing rates. Neuron 49:107-117 (equal contribution of the authors).

Selected projects

  • Disc1 schizophrenia model

  • Mechanisms of synaptic plasticity

  • Theoretical neural networks of the hippocampus

  • Synaptic communication between nerve cells

  • Imaging techniques for displaying the spread of activity in biological neural networks

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for international journals such as Science, The Journal of Neuroscience and Neuron

  • Referee for various international research programmes, such as Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Welcome Trust, National Institutes of Health (USA, Canada)

  • Society of Neuroscience

  • German Physiological Society (DPG)

  • Equal opportunity liaison for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • Higher education association

  • Member of the Neurex advisory board (Neuroscience upper Rhine network)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 years of parental leave, family with 2 children


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