Dr. Wolf-Dietmar Hütteroth

Dr. Wolf-Dietmar Hütteroth

Research Fellow

Talstraße 33, Room 321
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 36970
Fax: +49 341 97 - 36789


Since fall 2017 I am working as an independent group leader within the framework of my DFG grant on the vinegar fly Drosophila, interrupted by a parental leave (2019/20). In the Genetics department I am voluntarily giving individual lectures and course blocks, and supervise Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD theses. Before, I was independent ZIF Marie-Curie Fellow at Konstanz University, again interrupted by one year parental leave (2014/15).

I got introduced to the topic 'Learning and memory' in Drosophila during my postdoc in the USA (UMASS Med School, Massachusetts) and England (Oxford University) in the lab of Scott Waddell. Before, I finished my undergraduate studies and my PhD at the Philipps University (Marburg, Germany), working on the development of the antennal lobe in the hawk moth Manduca sexta (Schachtner lab). Beyond that, I've attended programs for further education in the USA and Japan, and spent one year at Edinburgh University (Scotland) as Visiting Student.

Professional career

  • since 11/2017
    Independent Principal Investigator, Leipzig University, Germany
  • 07/2014 - 10/2017
    ZIF Marie-Curie 2-year Postdoctoral Fellow,Konstanz University, Germany
  • 11/2011 - 06/2014
    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (Waddell lab), Oxford, UK
  • 09/2009 - 10/2011
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology (Waddell lab), University of Massachusetts Med School, Worcester, MA, USA
  • 10/2013 - 06/2014
    James Martin Fellow, Oxford Martin School, 'Mind and Machine' Program, University of Oxford, UK
  • 06/2013 - 09/2013
    Grass Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • 11/2012 - 06/2014
    Wolfson College Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
  • 06/2009 - 08/2009
    'Neurobiology' summer course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA
  • 06/2007 - 08/2007
    JSPS Summer Fellow, University of Tokyo, Japan


  • 12/2002 - 10/2008
    PhD student (Schachtner lab), Philipps University Marburg, Germany
  • 10/2001 - 10/2002
    Diploma (Schachtner lab), Philipps University Marburg, Germany
  • 09/1999 - 10/2001
    Graduate Student (Animal Physiology, Genetics, Developmental Biology), Philipps University Marburg, Germany
  • 09/1998 - 07/1999
    Visiting Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 09/1996 - 08/1998
    Undergraduate Student (Biology), Philipps University Marburg, Germany

Panel Memberships

  • since 11/2020
    'Insects' Journal, Editorial Board Member
  • since 04/2020
    'Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience' Journal, Section 'Learning and Memory', Editorial Board Member
  • since 03/2020
    'Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience' Journal, Section 'Motivation and Reward', Editorial Board Member
  • 12/2018 - 12/2019
    'Current Opinion in Insect Science' Journal, Special Issue ‘Neurogenetics of Insect Behavior’, Guest Editor

I am using the vinegar fly Drosophila melanogaster to study 1. the mechanisms of caloric memory formation and 2. the impact of voluntary passive movement on self perception and reproductive fitness.

We employ a mix of anatomical methods and 3D reconstruction, various behavioural assays and functional imaging.

  • Mechanisms of memory formation by caloric value
    Hütteroth, Wolf-Dietmar
    Duration: 11/2017 – 10/2020
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Genetik
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more projects

  • Nässel, D. R.; Pauls, D.; Hütteroth, W.-D.
    Neuropeptides in modulation of Drosophila behavior: how to get a grip on their pleiotropic actions
    Current Opinion in Insect Science. 2019. pp. 1–8.
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  • Mahishi Vasuki, D.; Hütteroth, W.-D.
    The prandial process in flies
    Current Opinion in Insect Science. 2019. pp. 157–166.
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  • Bielopolski, N.; Amin, H.; Apostolopoulou, A. A.; Rozenfeld, E.; Lerner, H.; Hütteroth, W.-D.; Lin, A. C.; Parnas, M.
    Inhibitory muscarinic acetylcholine receptors enhance aversive olfactory learning in adult Drosophila
    eLife. 2019.
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  • Lerner, H.; Rozenfeld, E.; Rozenman, B.; Hütteroth, W.-D.; Parnas, M.
    Differential Role for a Defined Lateral Horn Neuron Subset in Naïve Odor Valence in Drosophila
    Scientific Reports. 2020. 10 (1). p. 6147.
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more publications

  • Andere herausragende Auszeichnungen: Dujardín Prize
    Hütteroth, Wolf-Dietmar (Genetik)
    awarded in 2018 by Arthropod Neuroscience Network.
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