Staiger, Jochen, Prof. Dr.

Professor of Neuroanatomy

  • 1993 Graduation as Dr. med. at the Medical Faculty of the
    Justus-Liebig-University Giessen; grade: summa cum laude
  • 1994 - 2000 Post-doc at the C. & O. Vogt-Institute for Brain Research, Düsseldorf, (Head: Prof. Dr. K. Zilles); Leader of the research group „Cortical microcircuits“
  • 2000 Habilitation and Venia legendi for Anatomy at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
  • 2006 Appointment as W3 Univ.-Professor for Cell Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
  • Since 2010 Full professor and director of the Department of Neuroanatomy at the Georg-August-University Göttingen

Major Research Interests

  • Developmental plasticity induced by early postnatal deprivation of sensory stimulation in mice with intact or genetically altered thalamo-cortical projections
  • Thalamo-cortical interactions as the first stage of cortical information processing
  • Microcircuits in columnar modules – examining the Bauplan of synaptic connectivity of neocortex
  • Tactile learning: Genomic regulation of experience-dependent plasticity in the trigeminal somatosensory system

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Walker F, Möck M, Feyerabend M, Guy J, Wagener RJ, Schubert D, Staiger JF*, Witte M* (2016) Parvalbumin- and vasoactive polypeptide-expressing neocortical interneurons impose differential inhibition on Martinotti cells. Nature Communications 7:13664
  • Wagener RJ, Witte M, Guy J, Mingo-Moreno N, Kugler S, Staiger JF (2016) Thalamocortical Connections Drive Intracortical Activation of Functional Columns in the Mislaminated Reeler Somatosensory Cortex. Cereb Cortex 26:820-837.
  • Guy J, Wagener RJ, Mock M, Staiger JF (2015) Persistence of Functional Sensory Maps in the Absence of Cortical Layers in the Somatosensory Cortex of Reeler Mice. Cerebral Cortex 25:2517-2528.
  • Prönneke A, Scheuer B, Wagener RJ, Mock M, Witte M, Staiger JF (2015) Characterizing VIP Neurons in the Barrel Cortex of VIPcre/tdTomato Mice Reveals Layer-Specific Differences. Cerebral Cortex 25:4854-4868.
  • De Felipe J, Lopez-Cruz PL, Benavides-Piccione R, Bielza C, Larranaga P, Anderson S, Burkhalter A, Cauli B, Fairen A, Feldmeyer D, Fishell G, Fitzpatrick D, Freund TF, Gonzalez-Burgos G, Hestrin S, Hill S, Hof PR, Huang J, Jones EG, Kawaguchi Y, Kisvarday Z, Kubota Y, Lewis, DA, Marin O, Markram H, McBain CJ, Meyer HS, Monyer H, Nelson SB, Rockland K, Rossier J, Rubenstein JL, Rudy B, Scanziani M, Shepherd GM, Sherwood CC, Staiger JF, Tamas G, Thomson A, Wang Y, Yuste R, Ascoli GA (2013) New insights into the classification and nomenclature of cortical GABAergic interneurons. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 14: 202-16