PhD in Zoology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Faculty of Biology
Hans Straka is a Professor for Systemic Neurosciences at the Department Biology II at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Germany) and he has a Degree in Biology and a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Zoology.
He has been working at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University for over 20 years, and also at the New York University at the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience and at the University Paris Descartes at the Laboratoire de Neurobiologie des Réseaux Sensorimoteurs.
He is also member of two important scientific organizations such as the German Neurobiology Association (Federation of European Neuroscience Associations) and the American Society for Neuroscience.
His work has been focused in the investigation of the spatial and temporal processing and the ontogenetic development of motion-related signal processing within the segmentally arranged vestibulo-motor network.
Based on studies in the in-vitro brain of larval and adult frogs that revealed how the neural network underlying gaze stabilization during locomotion is ontogenetically assembled and how the remarkable spatio-temporal specificity is achieved. The availability and accessibility of all embryonic and larval stages of Xenopus frogs was used to determine the rules and constraints of cellular and network establishment and maturation. Furthermore, the limited number of involved neurons and synaptic stages of the vestibulo-ocular circuitry allowed him to understand how the necessary neuronal computations underlying effective motor behavior are implemented and plastically adapted when the dynamic requirements change due to developmental or eco-physiological alterations.