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Klinik für Augenheilkunde

Curriculum vitae (full version)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Bach

1950Born in Berlin
1956Moved to Dortmund; Landgrafenschule, Humboldt-Gymnasium, Landheim Schondorf, Humboldt-Gymnasium.
1970Studied Physics at the “Ruhr-Universität Bochum”.
1972Vordiplom (Undergraduate Degree), transferred to the University of Freiburg.
1975Married my beloved wife, Ulrike.
1975–1978Ran the Electronic Laboratory in the Dept. of Psychology (part-time affiliation).
1977Diploma (Masters Degree) in Physics, thesis: “Measurement of differential scattering cross sections of ion-molecule-reactions at low energies”.
1977Birth of first child, Inga.
1978–1981Research assistant in the special research unit SFB 93 “Brain research and sensory physiology” at the Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of Freiburg.
1978–1981Dissertation, supervised by Prof Burkhart Fischer und Prof Jürgen Krüger. Title of thesis: “Interaction between neurones in the visual cortex based on recordings with a multi-microelectrode”.
1979Participation in the course “Central Nervous System” (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Long Island, USA) held by Carla Shatz and Michael Stryker.
1980Birth of second child, Oliver.
1981Doctorate in Physics (PhD);
Full time Research Assistant in the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Freiburg.
1983Appointed as Director of the Electrophysiological Laboratory in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Freiburg (tenured position).
1984Birth of third child, Maren.
1987Project leader of “Modulation der musterevozierten Potentiale von Retina und Kortex” in the special research unit SFB 325 “Modulation und Lernen in Neuronensystemen” with PD Dr Jens Röver.
1989Project leader of “Elektrophysiologie und Psychophysik der Sehbahn” in the special research unit SFB 325.
1991Habilitation and venia legendi for ‘Neurobiophysik’.
1992Project leader of “Das magno- und parvozelluläre System in der Sehbahn des Menschen” in the special research unit SFB 325;
Appointed as ‘Akademischer Oberrat’.
1994Organised the International Neuroophthalmological Society meeting with Prof Guntram Kommerell.
1996Elected as “Member at Large” by the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology (ISCEV);
Created the websites for the Ophthalmology Dept Freiburg and for ISCEV.
1997Organised the 6th meeting of the “Ophthalmic Optics” group.
1998Appointed as Professor (APL);
Co-organised the 7th meeting of the “Ophthalmic Optics” group.
1999-2015 Head of Section Visual Function / Electrophysiology, University Eye Hospital, University of Freiburg
1999Professional appointment as “Akademischer Direktor”;
Chaired the PERG Standardisation Committee of the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV);
Joined the Editorial Board of “Documenta Ophthalmologica”.
2000Appointed as “Director of International Communications” by the ISCEV board;
Re-elected as “Member at Large” by the ISCEV membership.
2001Co-organised the Interdisciplinary College IK2001.
2002Appointed as Associate Editor for Documenta Ophthalmologica;
Member of the International Editorial Advisory Board for OPO.
2003Co-organised the Interdisciplinary College IK2003. Course “Visual Perception – Function and Malfunction” received the highest students’ score;
Co-organised the symposium “Adaptation: the psychophysicist’s microelectrode” with Nikolaus Troje at the 29th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference.
2004–2011‘President’ of ISCEV.
2004Joined the Editorial Board of “Der Ophthalmologe”; “Optical Illusions”: highlighted in Science (2006) 206:383, received “Ten Cool Sites” award by theExploratorium museum.
2006Received the Elfriede-Aulhorn award.
2007Deputy Chair of Kommission Qualitätssicherung bei sinnesphysiologischen Untersuchungen of the DOG;
Re-elected as President of ISCEV (2nd term until end of 2011); Visiting Professor at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dept. of Ophthalmology.
2008–Scientific Board of “The Barn
2009Elected Secretary Kunstverein Gundelfingen (local art society).
2012Re-elected Secretary Kunstverein Gundelfingen (local art society).
2013–Director of International Communications of ISCEV.
2013–Scientific Board of GWUP.
2015–Scientist (emeritus), Eye Center, University Medical Center Freiburg


270+ peer-reviewed papers,
730+ first-authored oral presentations / posters,
>20 book chapters,
website visual phenomena.
H-index: 53.


22 DFG + BMBF grants (each covering 2–3 yrs of funding), Grimmke-Stiftung

58 supervised theses

32 MD, 12 diploma (physics, biology, informatics), 9 PhD (physics, biology), 1 MSc optometry, 4 BSc

Membership in professional organizations

• Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft (DOG)
• International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology (ISCEV)
• Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
• Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
• Kommission für Qualitätssicherung bei sinnesphysiologischen Untersuchungen und Geräten der DOG (deputy chair) 
• AK Klinische Fragen des wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Pro-Retina e.V. 
• Associate Editor, Documenta Ophthalmologica 
http://www.iovs.org/• IOVS guest editor
• International Editorial Advisory Board, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics (OPO) 2002–2009
• Editorial Board, Der Ophthalmologe 
• Wissenschaftlicher Beirat, “Lingelbachs Scheune – Optische Phänomene e.V.”, Aalen
• Wissenschaftlicher Beirat vom “Turm der Sinne”, Nürnberg

Awards, Recognition

1998  Reisestipendium der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft 
2006 Elfriede-Aulhorn-Preis 
2008 Portrayed in ‘Die Zeit’ 
2012 “Exceptionally good review", IOVS
2013 ECVP Tom Troscianko Prize (for the most outrageous presentation)
2013 “Exceptionally good review", IOVS & JOV
2015 ISCEV Adachi Award
2015 Augenstern-Forschungspreis
2016 “Exceptionally good review", JOV & TVST
2017 Alumni-Medaille der Universitäts-Augenklinik München

Programming languages

ActionScript/Flash, Algol, AppleScript, Basic/Basex, C/C++, Fortran, Igor Pro, Objective C, Objective J/Cappucino, Java, JavaScript, Pascal, Processing, Python, R, Z80 assembler

Referee for

  • 82 journals: Acta Anatomica, Acta Ophthalmologica, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, Behav Res Methods, Biol Cybernetics, Biol Psychiatry, Biomed Research, Brain, Brain Research, Brit J Ophthalmol, Can J Ophthalmol, Cerebral Cortex, Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinical Vision Sciences, Cognitive Brain Research, Color Research and Application, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Computers in Biology & Medicine, Current Eye Research, Documenta Ophthalmologica, Ergonomics, Eur Arch Psy Clin Neurosci, Eur J Neuroscience, Eye, Exp Brain Research, Exp Eye Research, Exp Psychology, Forensic Sciences Res, Front Hum Neurosci, German J Ophthalmology, Graefe’s Archives, IEEE Trans Biomed Engng, Int Glaucoma Review, Int J Psychophysiology, IOVS, iPerception, J Autism Develop Disord, J Cataract Refract Surg, J Cognitive Neuroscience, J Modern Optics, J Neuroscience, J Neural Engineering, J Neural Transmission, J Neuro-Ophthalmology, J Ophthalmology, J Physiology, J Psychophysiology, JAMA Ophthalmology, JOSA, Journal of Vision JOV, J Testing Evaluation, Klin Mbl Augenheilkunde, Med Biol Engng Comput, Mind & Matter, Naturwissenschaften, Neural Plasticity, NeuroImage, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience, Neuroscience Letters, NeuroReport, Ophthalmic Research, Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics, Ophthalmologica, Optica Applicata, Optometry & Vision Science, Perception, Perception & Psychophysics, Physiological Measurement, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS ONE, Prog Retinal Eye Research, Psychological Research, Psychology & Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, Scientific Reports, Spatial Vision, Swiss J Psychol, Visual Neuroscience, Vision Research, Z Medizinische Physik
  • DFG, BMBF, DLR, von Humboldt-Stiftung, Swiss Science Foundation, Welcome Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Fight for Sight, ƒortüne Tübingen, CIN Tübingen
  • The MIT Press; Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Medizinische Fakultäten Essen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Tübingen, Melbourne, Trondheim, Götheborg, Canberra, Leicester