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Prof. Dr. W. Driever - Curriculum Vitae


Wolfgang Driever is professor and chair of the Department of Developmental Biology, Institute Biology I, at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg.

He studied Biochemistry at Universities of Tübingen and Munich, and performed his doctoral thesis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen with Prof. C. Nüsslein-Volhard. Following a postdoc at the University of Oregon, Eugene USA, he was appointed in 1990 as Assistant Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and MGH. Since 1996 he is Professor of Developmental Biology at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.

He was Co-Founder of the biotech company DeveloGen AG in 1997. From 2001-2012 he was the coordinator of SFB/CRC592 Signaling Mechanisms in Embryogenesis and Organogenesis. He was the initiator of ZBSA Center for Systems Biology at the University of Freiburg, and acted from 2010-2012 as its Director.
He was Dean of the Faculty of Biology from October 2014 to September 2016.  Since 2007 he has been member of the Steering Committee of the Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS ) Excellence Cluster, and coordinator of its research area B on supracellular signalling.

He is recipient of the Otto-Hahn Medal of Max-Planck-Society and of the Otto Mangold Award of the German Society for Developmental Biology. From 1998-99 he served as president of the German Society for Developmental Biology. He has been member on editorial boards of Development, Developmental Biology, Mechanisms of Development, BMC Developmental Biology and Current Topics in Developmental Biology .


10 Selected Publications


  • Reinig S, Driever W, Arrenberg AB (2017). The descending diencephalic dopamine system is tuned to sensory stimuli. Current Biology 27, 318–333
  • Leichsenring, M., Maes, J., Mossner, R., Driever, W., and Onichtchouk, D. (2013). Pou5f1 transcription factor controls zygotic gene activation in vertebrates. Science 341, 1005-1009.
  • Song, S., Eckerle, S., Onichtchouk, D., Marrs, J.A., Nitschke, R., and Driever, W. (2013). Pou5f1-dependent EGF expression controls E-cadherin endocytosis, cell adhesion, and zebrafish epiboly movements. Dev Cell 24, 486-501.
  • Fernandes, A.M., Fero, K., Arrenberg, A.B., Bergeron, S.A., Driever, W., and Burgess, H.A. (2012). Deep brain photoreceptors control light-seeking behavior in zebrafish larvae. Curr Biol 22, 2042-2047.
  • Filippi, A., Jainok, C., and Driever, W. (2012). Analysis of transcriptional codes for zebrafish dopaminergic neurons reveals essential functions of Arx and Isl1 in prethalamic dopaminergic neuron development. Dev Biol 369, 133-149.
  • Ronneberger, O., Liu, K., Rath, M., Ruebeta, D., Mueller, T., Skibbe, H., Drayer, B., Schmidt, T., Filippi, A., Nitschke, R., et al. (2012). ViBE-Z: a framework for 3D virtual colocalization analysis in zebrafish larval brains. Nat Methods 9, 735-742.
  • Tay, T.L., Ronneberger, O., Ryu, S., Nitschke, R., and Driever, W. (2011). Comprehensive catecholaminergic projectome analysis reveals single-neuron integration of zebrafish ascending and descending dopaminergic systems. Nat Commun 2, 171.
  • Ryu, S., Mahler, J., Acampora, D., Holzschuh, J., Erhardt, S., Omodei, D., Simeone, A., and Driever, W. (2007). Orthopedia homeodomain protein is essential for diencephalic dopaminergic neuron development. Curr Biol 17, 873-880.
  • Driever, W., Solnica-Krezel, L., Schier, A.F., Neuhauss, S.C., Malicki, J., Stemple, D.L., Stainier, D.Y., Zwartkruis, F., Abdelilah, S., Rangini, Z., et al. (1996). A genetic screen for mutations affecting embryogenesis in zebrafish. Development 123, 37-46.
  • Driever, W., and Nusslein-Volhard, C. (1988b). The bicoid protein determines position in the Drosophila embryo in a concentration-dependent manner. Cell 54, 95-104.


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