Fred Wolf

Department of Nonlinear Dynamics
Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization


Research Interests


  • Theoretical neuroscience and nonlinear dynamics
  • Dynamics and synchronization in cortical neural networks
  • Function and development of the visual cortex
  • Sensory processing in the auditory system



Education and Employment

2011 Visiting Professor, Centre International des Rencontres Mathématiques Marseille, France
2010Program Director, “Emerging Techniques in Neuroscience”, Kavli-Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, USA
2008 - Professor of Physics (hon.), Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
2004 - Head of Research Group 'Theoretical Neurophysics' at the Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
2001Visiting scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, USA (also in , 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017)
2001 - 2004Research Associate, Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen, Germany
2000Amos de Shalit Fellow, Racah Institute of Physics and Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, Israel
1999Dr. phil. nat. (Theoretical Physics), J.W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany



Selected honours and awards

2017Mathematical Neuroscience Prize by Israel Brain Technologies
2015Fellow, American Physical Society
2007Human Frontiers Science Young Investigators Grant
2007German-Israeli Foundation Binational Research Grant
2000Schloessmann Fellowship, Max-Planck-Society”
1999Altdorf Leibniz-Award
1999Amos de Shalit Fellowship, MINERVA Foundation


Selected publications

Pangršič T, Gabrielaitis M, Michanski S, Schwaller B, Wolf F, Strenzke N, Moser T (2015). EF-hand protein Ca2+ buffers regulate Ca2+ influx and exocytosis in sensory hair cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(9): E1028-37

Chapochnikov NM, Takago H, Huang CH, Pangršič T, Khimich D, Neef J, Auge E, Göttfert F, Hell SW, Wichmann C, Wolf F, Moser T (2014). Uniquantal release through a dynamic fusion pore is a candidate mechanism of hair cell exocytosis. Neuron 83(6): 1389-1403

Chumatchenko T, Malyshev A, Wolf F, Volgushev M (2011). Ultrafast population encoding by cortical neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 31(34): 12171-9

Kaschube M, Schnabel M, Löwel S, Coppola DM, White LE, Wolf F (2010). Universality in the evolution of orientation columns in the visual cortex. Science 330: 1113-6

Junek S, Kludt E, Wolf F, Schild D (2010). Olfactory coding with patterns of response latencies. Neuron 67(5): 872-84

Kaschube M, Schnabel M, Wolf F, Löwel S (2009). Interareal coordination of columnar architectures during visual cortical development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(40): 17205-10

Naundorf B, Wolf F, Volgushev M (2006). Unique features of action potential initiation in cortical neurons. Nature 440: 1060-3

Kaschube M, Wolf F, Geisel T, Löwel S (2002). Genetic influence on quantitative features of neocortical architecture. Journal of Neuroscience 22(16): 7206-17

Wolf F, Geisel T (1998). Spontaneous pinwheel annihilation during visual development. Nature 395: 73-8

Wolf F, Bauer HU, Pawelzik K, Geisel T (1996). Organization of the visual cortex. Nature 382: 306