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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);
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
Associate Editor for Documenta Ophthalmologica
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
2004–2011President of ISCEV
2004Editorial Board of “Der Ophthalmologe”; “Optical Illusions”: highlighted in Science (2006) 206:383, received “Ten Cool Sites” award by theExploratorium museum
2006Elfriede-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
2009–Secretary Kunstverein Gundelfingen (local art society)
2013–Director of International Communications at ISCEV
2013–Scientific Board of GWUP
2015–Scientist (emeritus), Eye Center, University Medical Center Freiburg
2018Honorary Member of ISCEV


280+ peer-reviewed papers
760+ first-authored oral presentations / posters
>20 book chapters
website visual phenomena
H-index: 57.


22 DFG + 1 BMBF grants (each covering 2–3 yrs of funding), Grimmke-Stiftung

63 supervised theses

9 PhD (physics, biology), 32 MD, 13 diploma (physics, biology, informatics), 1 MSc optometry, 8 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, 2002–2017
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

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
2018 Honorary Member of ISCEV

Programming languages

ActionScript/Flash, Algol, AppleScript, Basic/Basex, C/C++, Fortran, Igor Pro, Objective C, Objective J/Cappucino, Java, JavaScript, Pascal, Processing, Python, P5, R, Z80 assembler

Referee for

  • 86 journals: Acta Anatomica, Acta Ophthalmologica, Acta Psychologica, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, Behav Res Methods, Biol Cybernetics, Biol Psychiatry, Biomed Research, Brain, Brain Research, Brit J Ophthalmol, Can J Ophthalmol, Cerebral Cortex, Clin Exp Optometry, 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, I-Perception, IEEE Trans Biomed Engng, Int Glaucoma Review, Int J Psychophysiology, IOVS, i-Perception, 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 Psychiat Res, 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, Survey Ophthalmol, 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