Dominik Heyers, Postdoc

Scientific Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

Name: Dr. Dominik Heyers

Adress: AG Neurosensorik/Animal Navigation, IBU

Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Carl-von-Ossietzky-Strasse 9-11,

D-26129 Oldenburg

Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 441 798 3645

Fax: +49 (0) 441 798 3284

email: dominik.heyers(at)uni-oldenburg.de

Work

2004-present: Postdoc at Department of Biology, University of Oldenburg, Germany, AG Animal Navigation/"Neurosensorik" (Group leader: Prof. Dr. H. Mouritsen).

Education

1999-2003: Ph.D. "Role of cadherins in development of the vertebrate nervous system"; Inst. of Anatomy, University Medical School Essen, Germany, AG Prof. Dr. Dr. C. Redies (pdf, 16Mb).

1998: Master of sciences (M.Sc.) Biology (Diplom-Biologe) "Distribution of FMRF-amide in the metathoracic ganglia of the cricket (Acheta domesticus)", Inst. of Zoology, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany, AG Prof. Dr. W. Gnatzy.

1992: Matriculated at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

1992: Graduated from Couven-Gymnasium, Aachen, Germany.

Peer-reviewed publications

2014: Lefeldt N.*, Heyers D.*, Schneider NL., Engels, S., Elbers, D., Mouritsen H. "Magnetic field-driven induction of ZENK in the trigeminal system of pigeons (Columba livia)". Journal of the Royal Society Interface November 6;11: 20140777. (PUBMED); *: co-first authors

2013: Kishkinev D.*, Chernetsov N.*, Heyers D., Mouritsen H. "Migratory reed warblers need intact trigeminal nerves to correct for a 1.000 km displacement". PLoS ONE, 8(6): e65847. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0065847. (Full Article); *: co-first authors

2013: Lauwers M., Pichler P., Edelman NB., Resch GP., Ushakova L., Salzer MC., Heyers D., Saunders M., Shaw J., Keays DA. "An Iron-Rich Organelle in the Cuticular Plate of Avian Hair Cells". Current Biology May 20;23(10):924-9. doi: 10.1016/ j.cub.2013.04.025. Epub 2013 Apr 25. (PUBMED)

2010: Zapka M., Heyers D., Liedvogel M., Jarvis ED., Mouritsen H. "Night-time neuronal activation of Cluster N in a day- and night-migrating songbird". European Journal of Neuroscience Aug 32(4);619-24. (PUBMED)

2010: Heyers D., Zapka M., Hoffmeister M., Wild JM., Mouritsen H. "Magnetic field changes activate the trigeminal brainstem complex in a migratory bird". Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences USA (PNAS) May 18;107 (20):9394-9. (PUBMED)

2010: Falkenberg G., Fleissner G., Schuchardt K., Kuehbacher M., Thalau P., Mouritsen H., Heyers D., Wellenreuther G., Fleissner G. "Avian Magnetoreception: Elaborate Iron Mineral Containing Dendrites in the Upper Beak Seem to Be a Common Feature of Birds". PloS ONE 5(2): e9231. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009231. (Full Article)

2010: Hein CM., Zapka M., Heyers D., Kutzschbauch S., Schneider NL., Mouritsen H. "Migratory garden warblers can orient with their magnetic compass using the left, the right or both eyes". Journal of the Royal Society Interface Apr 6;7 Suppl 2:S227-33. (PUBMED)

2009: Zapka M., Heyers D., Hein CM., Engels S., Schneider NL., Hans J., Weiler S., Dreyer D., Kishkinev D., Wild JM., Mouritsen H. "Visual but not trigeminal mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird". Nature, 461 (7268): 1274-7. (PUBMED) Highly accessed by public and scientific media! (Links)

2008: Heyers D., Manns M., Luksch H., Güntürkün O., Mouritsen H. "Calcium-binding proteins label functional streams of the visual system in a songbird". Brain Research Bulletin, 75 (2-4): 348-355. (PUBMED)

2007: Heyers D., Manns M., Luksch H., Güntürkün O., Mouritsen H. "A visual pathway links brain structures active during magnetic compass orientation in migratory birds". PLoS ONE 2(9): e937. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000937. (Full Article) Highly accessed by public and scientific media! (Links)

2004: Heyers D., Luksch H., Redies C. "Selective synaptic cadherin expression by traced neurons of the chicken visual system". Neuroscience 127: 901-912. (PUBMED)

2003: Heyers D., Kovjanic D., Redies C. "Cadherin expression coincides with birth dating patterns in patchy compartments of the developing chicken telencephalon". Journal of Comparative Neurology 460: 155-166. (PUBMED)

2002: Treubert-Zimmermann U., Heyers D., Redies C. "Targeting axons to specific fiber tracts in vivo by altering cadherin expression". Journal of Neuroscience 22: 7617-7626. (PUBMED)

2002: Redies C., Kovjanic D., Heyers D., Medina L., Hirano S., Suzuki ST., Puelles L. "Patch/matrix patterns of gray matter differentiation in the telencephalon of chicken and mouse". Brain Research Bulletin 57: 489-493. Review. (PUBMED)

Invited talks/Conference contributions

2014:   Institute of Biology, Active sensing group (Jun. Prof. Dr. J Engelmann), University Bielefeld, Germany, invited talk “Nature´s GPS: Molecules, behaviour and cognition underlying avian magnetoreception“.

2013:   43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, USA, poster, Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Program No. 870.04/LLL50, chosen as "hot topic" (Link).

2013:   JB Johnston Club (JBJC), San Diego, USA, talk “Nature´s GPS: a vision-based compass and a trigeminal-based map in birds?”, Brain Behav Evol 2013;81:250-256 (DOI:10.1159/000353579) (Link).

2013:   5. Zugvogeltage Nationalpark Wattenmeer, Langeoog, Germany, invited talk “Magnetrezeption von Zugvögeln: Verhalten, Moleküle, Kognition“.

2013:   106. Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Munich, Germany, invited symposium talk “Neuroanatomy of avian magnetoreception“.

2013:   Meeting of the Royal Institute of Navigation (NAV13), Egham, GB, talk “Migratory reed warblers need intact trigeminal nerves to correct for a 1000 km displacement”.

2013:   Institute of Psychology, Chair of Biopsychology (Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Güntürkün), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, invited talk „The world of magnetoreception after Treiber et al., 2012“.

2013:   J.P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind and Behavior, Dep. of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, OH, USA, invited student lecture, “Avian Magnetoreception and its neuronal correlates”.

2012:   Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) (Dr. D. Keays), Vienna, Austria, invited talk “Avian Magnetoreception: from molecules to behaviour and cognition”.

2012:   VIth European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB VI), Essen, Germany, talk „The world of magnetoreception after Treiber et al.“.

2012:   Institute of Avian Research, Vogelwarte Helgoland (Prof. Dr. F. Bairlein), Wilhelmshaven, Germany, invited talk “Der Magnetkompass von Zugvögeln: Verhalten, Moleküle und zentralnervöse Verarbeitung”.

2011:   Academy of Russian Sciences, University of Moscow, Faculty of Biology, Zwenigorod, Russia, invited student lecture “Avian Magnetoreception: Behaviour, Neurons, Molecules”.

2011:   Institute of Biology, Chair of Neuroethology (Prof. Dr. HJ Bischof), University Bielefeld, Germany, invited talk „Neuroanatomy of avian magnetoreception“.

2011:   Meeting of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN11), Reading, Great Britain, talk “Magnetic field changes activate the trigeminal brainstem complex in migratory birds”.

2011:   Northwest German University Society (NWDUG), Wilhelmshaven, Germany, talk “Der Magnetkompass der Vögel- vom Verhalten zu Molekülen und Kognition”.

2010:   40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, USA, poster, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Program No. 104.2/LLL41.

2010:   JB Johnston Club (JBJC), San Diego, USA, talk “How do birds sense the Earth´s magnetic field?”, Brain Behav Evol 2010;75:309-316 (DOI:10.1159/000318756) (Link).

2010:   25th International Ornithological Congress (IOC), Campos do Jordao, Brasil, talk “Magnetic field changes activate the trigeminal brainstem complex in a migratory bird”.

2010:   Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Sciences (FIAS), Frankfurt/Main, Germany, invited talk „Investigating avian magnetoreception: an interdisciplinary approach“.

2010:   Academy of Russian Sciences, University of Moscow, Faculty of Biology, Zwenigorod, Russia, invited student lecture “On the neuroanatomy underlying avian magnetoreception”.

2010:   6th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology (ECCN), Valencia, Spain, talk “Neuroanatomy of avian magnetoreception”.

2009:   Center of Cognitive Sciences (ZKW), Bremen, Germany, invited talk “The magnetic sense of birds: from behaviour and cognition to molecular mechanisms”.

2009:   2nd European Retina Meeting (ERM), Oldenburg, Germany, poster.

2008:   Meeting of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), Reading, Great Britain, talk “Neuronal substrates of avian magnetoreception visualised by neuronal tracing”.

2008:   8th Annual Meeting in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Mainz, Germany, plenary lecture “The magnetic sense of birds: from behaviour and cognition to molecular mechanisms”.

2008:   Institute of Psychology, Chair of Biopsychology (Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Güntürkün), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, invited talk „Neuronal substrates of magnetoreception in migratory birds“.

2008:   4th Status Conference on „Dynamics and adaptivity of neuronal systems“, Tübingen, Germany, talk „Do migratory birds see the magnetic field?“.

2007:   1st European Retina Meeting (ERM), Frankfurt/Main, Germany, poster.

2007:   Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Physiology (Prof. J. Glover), University of Oslo, Norway, invited talk “Avian magnetoreception”.

2007:   5th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology (ECCN), Paris, France, talk “Do birds see the magnetic field?”.

2007:   Institute of Anatomy I, (Prof. Dr. Dr. C. Redies), University Medical School Jena, Germany, invited talk „Neuroanatomy of magnetoreception“.

2007:   Institute of Biology, Chair of Neuroethology (Prof. Dr. HJ Bischof), University Bielefeld, Germany, invited talk „A visual pathway links brain structures active during magnetic orientation in a migratory bird“.

2007:   7th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Göttingen, Germany, poster.

2006:   Institute of Biology, Chair of Zoology/Animal physiology (PD Dr. H. Luksch), University Aachen, Germany, invited talk „Neuronal correlates underlying avian magnetoreception“.

2006:   Institute of Psychology, Chair of Biopsychology (Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Güntürkün), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, invited talk „Do birds see the Earth´s magnetic field?“.

2006:   24th International Ornithological Congress (IOC), Hamburg, Germany, talk “A visual pathway as neuronal substrate for magnetoreception in a migratory bird”.

2006:   4th Forum of European Neurosciences (FENS), Vienna, Austria, poster.

2005:   3rd Status Conference on “Dynamics and adaptivity of neuronal systems”, Hamburg, Germany, talk “A visual pathway as neuronal substrate for magnetoperception”.

2005:   98th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG), Bayreuth, Germany, talk “Do birds see the magnetic field?“

2005:   Neurovisionen 3, Symposium of the NRW-Academy of Sciences, Düsseldorf, Germany, poster.

2005:   35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, USA, poster.

2005:   350th WE-Heraeus-Seminar, „Biophysics of Magnetic Orientation in Animals“, Bad Honnef, Germany, poster.

2003:   2nd Science Day, University Medical School, Essen, Germany, poster.

2003:   19th Meeting of the Anatomical Society, Würzburg, Germany, poster, Annals of Anatomy, 2003;185:72.

2002:   3rd Forum of European Neurosciences (FENS), Paris, France, poster.

2002:   1st Science Day, University Medical School, Essen, Germany, poster.

2002:   18th Meeting of the Anatomical Society, Würzburg, Germany, poster, Annals of Anatomy, 2002;184:222.

Fundings/Fellowships/Awards

2011-2014: Research grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

2013: Travel stipend from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

2011: Stipend from "Programmhaushalt Ressort Forschung" financed by University of Oldenburg.

2010: Travel stipend from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).

2005-2007: Fellow on the program "Dynamics and adaptivity of neuronal systems" financed by VolkswagenStiftung.

2005: Poster award on 3rd Status Conference on "Dynamics and adaptivity of neuronal systems", Hamburg, Germany

2004: "Forschungspool" stipend from University of Oldenburg.

Referee Service

Journals: Proceedings of the Royal Society Interface; PLoS ONE; Bioelectromagnetics; Journal of Ornithology; Chinese Birds

Funding agencies: DFG

Memberships

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

German zoological Society (DZG)