Bernd Fritzsch

Chair (DEO)
Professor of Biology
Professor of Otolaryngology

Contact Information

Primary Office
214 Biology
129 E Jefferson
Iowa City, IA 52242

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology, Technical University of Darmstadt
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology, University of Bielefeld
Fellow, Neurobiology, University of Bielfeld/ Scripp Institute, La Joall

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Aging Mind and Brain Initiative, Cancer and Aging Program, Center for Auditory Regeneration and Deafness, Center on Aging, Craniofacial Research Center, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, Iowa Institute of Human Genetics.

Research Summary

I have been a leader in the field of inner ear neuroembryology and evolution since 30 years, have organized multiple conferences, books and special journal editions, published over 300 papers and have received over 14000 citations for my work. My contributions to the field are both conceptually through development of novel testable hypothesis and technically mostly through development of novel tracing techniques and their combination with other techniques. The goal of my research is to understand basic aspects of specification, development and maintenance of the neurosensory system of the ear using predominantly genetically engineered mice to achieve conditional or global deletion of specific genes or their targeted overexpression (Gof and LoF approach). The specific genes I am focusing on are those relevant to specify the prosensory domains, initiate and guide differentiation of sensory neurons and hair cells and maintain and guide the innervation of the ear.