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  • AzimiHashemi N, Erbguth K, Vogt A, Riemensperger T, Rauch E, Woodmansee D, Nagpal J, Brauner M, Sheves M, Fiala A, Kattner L, Trauner D, Hegemann P, Gottschalk A, Liewald JF (2014). Synthetic retinal analogues modify the spectral and kinetic characteristics of microbial rhodopsin optogenetic tools. Nat Commun 5: 5810.
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  • Faghihi F, Kolodziejski C, Fiala A, Wörgötter F, Tetzlaff C (2013). An information theoretic model of information processing in the Drosophila olfactory system: the role of inhibitory neurons for system efficiency. Front Comput Neurosci 7: 183.
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  • Kucherenko MM, Barth J, Fiala A, Shcherbata HR (2012). Steroid-induced microRNA let-7 acts as a spatio-temporal code for neuronal cell fate in the developing Drosophila brain. EMBO J 31: 4511-23.
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  • Christiansen F, Zube C, Andlauer TF, Wichmann C, Fouquet W, Owald D, Mertel S, Leiss F, Tavosanis G, Luna AJ, Fiala A, Sigrist SJ (2011). Presynapses in Kenyon cell dendrites in the mushroom body calyx of Drosophila. J Neurosci 31: 9696-707.
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  • Fiala A, Hofbauer A, Wu CF (2010). From synapses to behavior: neurobiology in Drosophila. J Neurogenet 24: 91-2.
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  • Kamikouchi A, Inagaki HK, Effertz T, Hendrich O, Fiala A, Göpfert MC, Ito K (2009). The neural basis of Drosophila gravity-sensing and hearing. Nature 458: 165-71.


  • Crisp S, Evers JF, Fiala A, Bate M. (2008). The development of motor coordination in Drosophila embryos. Development 135: 3707-17.


  • Fiala A (2007). Olfaction and olfactory learning in Drosophila: recent progress. Curr Opin Neurobiol 17: 720-6.
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  • Schroll C, Riemensperger T, Bucher D, Ehmer J, Völler T, Erbguth K, Gerber B, Hendel T, Nagel G, Buchner E, Fiala A (2006). Light-induced activation of distinct modulatory neurons triggers appetitive or aversive learning in Drosophila larvae. Curr Biol 16: 1741-7.


  • Riemensperger T, Völler T, Stock P, Buchner E, Fiala A (2005). Punishment prediction by dopaminergic neurons in Drosophila. Curr Biol 15: 1953-60.
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