Principal Investigator

Neural circuits of vision

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Katrin Franke

Surname Franke
First name Katrin
Nationality German
Present position and title Junior Research Group Leader
Dr. rer. nat.

Business address

Institute for Ophthalmic Research
University of Tübingen
Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 7071 29-84755
E-mail: katrin.franke[at]

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
2016 Dr. rer. nat. International Max Planck Research School | Tübingen University Visual neuroscience
2012 M. Sc. Graduate School for Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience | Tübingen University Neuroscience
2012 B. Sc. Hohenheim University Biology

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
2021 – present Institute for Ophthalmic Research, Tübingen University Junior Research Group Leader Visual neuroscience
2020 – present Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen University Principal Investigator Visual neuroscience
2019 – present Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, US Research Fellow Visual neuroscience
2017 – 2020 Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen Junior Research Group Leader Visual neuroscience
2012 – 2016 Institute for Ophthalmic Research & Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen University Ph.D. student Visual neuroscience

Professional Activities and Functions

Invited Presentations - Selection

2020 Invited online talk, World Wide Neuro
2019 Invited talk, European Retina Meeting (ERM), Helsinki, Finland
Invited perspective talk, Janelia Farm Spring Conferences, Ashburn, USA
Invited talk, NWG Meeting, Göttingen, Germany
Invited talk, Workshop at Cosyne Meeting, Cascais, Portugal
2017 Invited talk, European Retina Meeting, Paris, France
Invited talk, NWG Meeting, Göttingen, Germany
Invited talk, ARVO Asia Meeting, Brisbane, Australia
2015 Contributed talk, European Retina Meeting, Brighton, UK
Contributed talk, ARVO Annual Meeting, Denver, USA
2013 Contributed talk, European Retina Meeting, Alicante, Spain

Academic Awards

2021 Schilling Award, German Neuroscience Society
2017 Nemko Prize in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience, Society for Neuroscience
2016 Paper of the Year Award, Tübingen University
2015 Young Investigator Award, European Retina Meeting
Travel Grant, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Academic Teaching and Services

2020 – present Member of the Education Board for M.Sc. program “Neural Information Processing” of the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience ,Tübingen University
2019 – present Lecturer in course “From Molecules to Circuits: The Retina as a Model System", Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience
2017 – present Lecturer in courses “Implantology (M.Sc.)” and “Avitale Implantate (B.Sc.)”, Medical Faculty, Tübingen University
2016 – present Member of the Student Selection Board of the Graduate Training Center of Neuroscience, Tübingen University

Past and Current Funding

2021 – 2024 PI in CRC 1233 Robust Vision
2017 – 2020 Junior Research Group, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Tübingen

Selected Publications


  1. Franke K*, Willeke K*, Ponder K, Galdamez M, Muhammad T, Patel S, Froudarakis E, Reimer J, Sinz F, Tolias A. Behavioral state tunes mouse vision to ethological features through pupil dilation. bioRxiv 10.1101/2021.09.03.458870 (2021)


  1. Szatko K, Korympidou M, Ran Y, Berens P, Dalkara D, Schubert T, Euler T, Franke K (2020) Neural circuits in the mouse retina support color vision in the upper visual field. Nature Communications 11, 3481
  2. Franke K, Vlasits A (2020) Unblinding with infrared nanosensors (Perspective). Science 368: 1057-1058
  3. Ran Y, Huang Z, Baden T, Baayen H, Berens P, Franke K, Euler T (2020) Type-specific dendritic integration in mouse retinal ganglion cells. Nature Communications 11, 2101
  4. Qiu Y, Zhao Z, Kautzky M, Klindt D, Szatko K, Schaeffel F, Rifai K, Franke K, Busse L, Euler T (2020) Mouse retinal specializations reflect knowledge of natural environment statistics. bioRxiv 2020.12.08.416172


  1. Franke K*, Maia Chagas A*, Zhao Z, Zimmerman M, Qiu Y, Szatko K, Baden T, Euler T (2019) An arbitrary-spectrum spatial visual stimulator for vision research. eLife 8:e48779
  2. Dhande O, Stafford B, Franke K, El-Danaf R, Percival K, Phan A, Li P, Hansen B, Nguyen P, Berens P, Taylor WR, Callaway E, Euler T, Huberman A (2019) Molecular fingerprinting of On-Off direction selective retinal ganglion cells across species and relevance to primate visual circuits. Journal of Neuroscience 39 (1) 78-95


  1. Vlasits A, Euler T, Franke K (2018) Function first: classifying cell types and circuits of the retina. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 56:8-15


  1. Franke K*, Berens P*, Schubert T, Bethge M, Euler T, Baden T (2017) Inhibition decorrelates visual feature representations in the inner retina. Nature 542, 439-444


  1. Baden T*, Berens P*, Franke K*, Román Rosón M, Bethge M, Euler T (2016) The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells in the mouse. Nature 529, 345-350