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Heinz Wässle

Oct. 11, 1943 Born in Salzburg/Austria
1962-1968 Study of Physics, University of Munich
1972 PhD in neurophysiology of vision with Otto Creutzfeldt
1972 First postdoc in London with Brian Boycott
1973-1974 second postdoc in Canberra with Bill Levick
1978 Habilitation at the University of Constance
1977-1981 Group leader Max-Planck-Society, Tübingen
1981-2008 Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research


CV of Heinz Wässle [pdf]

Scientific Interests

The characterization of the retinal neurons and the analysis of their circuits and functions.


  • Immunocytochemical identification of retinal neurons.
  • Patch clamp recordings from retinal slices and whole mounts.
  • Analysis of retinal circuits in mutant mice


  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology  (ARVO)
  • Society for Neuroscience
Heinz Wässle
Heinz Wässle


Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research

D-60528 Frankfurt/Main

Phone: +49 69 96768 211
Fax: +49 69 96769 206




  1. Boycott, B.B. and Wässle, H.
    The morphological types of ganglion cells of the domestic cat's retina.
    J. Physiol. 240, 397-419 (1974)
  2. Wässle, H., Peichl, L. and Boycott, B.B.
    Dendritic territories of cat retinal ganglion cells.
    Nature 292, 344-345 (1981)
  3. Boos, R., Schneider, H. and Wässle, H.
    Voltage- and transmitter-gated currents of AII-amacrine cells in a slice preparation of the rat retina.
    J. Neurosci. 13, 2874-2888 (1993)
  4. Euler, T., Schneider, H. and Wässle, H.
    Glutamate responses of bipolar cells in a slice preparation of the rat retina.
    J. Neurosci. 16, 2934-2944 (1996)
  5. Boycott, B.B. and Wässle, H.
    Parallel Processing in the Mammalian Retina.
    The Proctor Lecture. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 40, 1313-1327 (1999)
  6. Haverkamp, S., Grünert, U. and Wässle, H.
    The cone pedicle, a complex synapse in the retina.
    Neuron 27, 85-95 (2000)
  7. Flores-Herr, N., Protti, D.A. and Wässle, H.
    Synaptic currents generating the inhibitory surround of ganglion cells in the mammalian retina.
    J. Neurosci. 21, 4852-4863 (2001)
  8. Wässle, H.
    Parallel processing in the mammalian retina.
    Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 5, 747-757 (2004)
  9. Haverkamp, S., Wässle, H., Duebel, J., Kuner, T., Augustine, G.J., Feng, G. and Euler, T.
    The primordial, blue-cone color system of the mouse retina.
    J. Neurosci. 25, 5438-5445 (2005)
  10. Wässle, H., Puller, C., Müller, F. and Haverkamp, S.
    Cone contacts, mosaics and territories of bipolar cells in the mouse retina.
    J. Neurosci. 29, 106-117 (2009)

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