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Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Torsten Weiß
born 07.05.1966 in Zehdenick
2 children (Carolin, 1990; Paul, 1999)
Scientific and Employment History
since 09/2004
Senior researcher at the Institute of Integrative Neuroanatomy
at the Charite – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
09/2001 to 08/2004
Post-doctoral
position
at
the
Institute
of
Integrative
Neuroanatomy at the Charite – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
10/1996 to 08/2001
Post-doctoral position at the chair of Zoology/ Neurobiology at
the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz
05/1997
Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Department of Biology and
Pharmacy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena
Dissertation: „Studies on the Location and the Function of
Neuropeptides within the Enteric System of the Cockroach
Periplaneta americana (L.)“, Final grade: magna cum laude
03/1996 to 09/1996
Associate at the Institute of Anatomy II at the FriedrichSchiller-University of Jena
08/1992 to 07/1995
Ph.D. at the Institute of General Zoology and Animal
Physiology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena
(Prof. Dr. Heinz Penzlin)
Dr. Torsten Weiß
Curriculum vitae
Study and School
09/1987 to 08/1992
Studies in Biology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena
Diploma thesis: „Effects of the Biogenic Amines Octopamin
and Taurine on the Giant Interneurons of the Cockroach
Periplaneta americana (L.)“, Final grade: magna cum laude
07-08/1990 and 02/1991
Research internship at the Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioral
Physiology Seewiesen (Prof. Dr. Franz Huber)
09/1984 to 08/1987
Military service
09/1980 to 08/1984
Grammar school Wittstock/Dosse, in Brandenburg
Final grade: summa cum laude
09/1972 to 08/1980
Polytechnic secondary school Heiligengrabe, in Brandenburg
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Dr. Torsten Weiß
Curriculum vitae
Extended Vocational Trainings

„Methoden der Zellulären Neurobiologie“, Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft
(DZG), Kaiserslautern 10/1993.

„Anwendungen
von
Neurowissenschaften“,
Imaging
und
Patch-Clamp
Neurowissenschaftliche
in
Gesellschaft
den
Zellulären
(NWG),
Berlin
04/2002

„Versuchstiere, Tierversuche und Ersatzmethoden / Course on Laboratory Animal
Science“,
Zentralstelle
Ergänzungsmethoden
zur
Erfassung
zum
und
Tierversuch
Bewertung
(ZEBET)
von
Ersatz-
und
/Bundesinstitut
für
Risikobewertung (BfR), Berlin 11/2008

„Medizindidaktiker
–
Qualifizierungsprogramm
für
das
wissenschaftliche
Lehrpersonal der Charite – Universitätsmedizin Berlin“, Europäischer Sozialfond
(ESF), Berlin 10/2010 – 10/2011
Memberships

German Neuroscience Society/Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
Language skills

German:
first language

English:
profound knowledge

Russian:
basic knowledge
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Curriculum vitae
Scientific publications
Peer reviewed articles
KREISSL, S., WEISS, T., DJOKAI, S., BALEZINA, O. and W. RATHMAYER (1999)
Allatostatin modulates skeletal muscle performance in crustaceans through pre- and
postsynaptic effects. European Journal of Neuroscience 11, pp. 2519-2530
WEISS, T., ERXLEBEN, C. and W. RATHMAYER (2001) Voltage-clamp analysis of
membane currents and excitation-contraction coupling in a crustacean muscle. Journal of
Muscle Research and Cell Motility 22, pp. 329-344
WEISS, T., KREISSL, S. and W. RATHMAYER (2003) Localization of a FMRFamide-related
peptide in efferent neurons and analysis of neuromuscular effects of DRNFLRFamide
(DF2) in the crustacean Idotea emarginata. European Journal of Neuroscience 17, pp. 239248
WEISS, T., VEH, R.W. and U. HEINEMANN (2003) Dopamine depresses cholinergic
oscillatory network activity in rat hippocampus. European Journal of Neuroscience 18, pp.
2573-2580
KRAUSS, M., WEISS, T., LANGNAESE, K., RICHTER, K., KOWSKI, A., VEH, R.W. and G.
LAUBE (2007) Cellular and subcellular rat brain spermidine synthase expression patterns
suggest region-specific roles for polyamines, including cerebellar pre-synaptic function.
Journal of Neurochemistry 103, pp. 679-693
KOWSKI, A., VEH, R.W. and T. WEISS (2009) Dopaminergic activation excites rat lateral
habenular neurons in vivo. Neuroscience 161, pp. 1154-1165
TEICHGRÄBER, L.A., LEHMANN, T.N., MEENCKE, H.J., WEISS, T., NITSCH, R. and R.A.
DEISZ (2009) Impaired function of GABAB receptors in tissues from pharmacoresistent
epilepsy patients. Epilepsia 50 (7), pp. 1697-1716
WEISS, T. and R.W. VEH (2011) Morphological and electrophysiological characteristics of
neurons within identified subnuclei of the lateral habenula in rat brain slices. Neuroscience
172, pp. 74-93
POLLER, W.C., BERNARD, R., DERST, C., WEISS, T., MADAI, V.I. and R.W. VEH (2011)
Lateral habenular neurons projecting to reward-processing monoaminergic nuclei express
hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated cation channels. Neuroscience 193,
pp. 205-216
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Curriculum vitae
Book chapter
RATMAYER, W., ERXLEBEN, C., DJOKAI, S., GAYDUKOV, A. KREISSL, S. and T. WEISS
(2002) Antagonistic modulation of neuromuscular parameters in crustaceans by the
peptides Proctolin and Allatostatin, contained in identified motor neurons. In: The
Crustacean Nervous Systems. K. Wiese (ed.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New
York, pp. 2-19
Conference contributions
WEIß, T., AGRICOLA, H.J., SCHILDBERGER, K. and H. PENZLIN (1992) Effects of
Octopamin and Taurin on giant interneurons of the cockroach Periplaneta americana. In
N. Elsner and D.W. Richter (eds): Rhythmogenesis in Neurons and Networks, Proceedings
of the 20th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference 1992, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 520
AGRICOLA, H.J. and T. WEIß (1993) Immunocytochemical characterisation of hindgutinnervating neurons of the cockroach Periplaneta americana (L.). In N. Elsner and
M. Heisenberg (eds): Gene-Brain-Behavior, Proceedings of the 21th Göttingen
Neurobiology Conference 1993, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 604
WEIß, T. (1993) Immunzytochemische Charakterisierung von Kolokalisationen im
Nervensystem der Insekten. Tagungsband Neurobiologischer Doktorandenworkshop 1993,
Universität Regensburg
WEIß, T. and H.J. AGRICOLA (1995) Neuropeptides in the cockroach midgut: Occurrence,
distribution and colocalization - An immunocytochemical approach. In N. Elsner and
R. Menzel (eds): Learning and Memory, Proceedings of the 23th. Göttingen Neurobiology
Conference 1995, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 615
WEIß, T. and H.J. AGRICOLA (1996) A new aspect of allatostatin acting: Modulation of
neuromuscular transmission in the cockroach hindgut. In N. Elsner and H. U. Schnitzler
(eds): Brain and Evolution, Proceedings of the 24th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference
1996, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 579
WEIß, T. (1996) Untersuchungen zur Kolokalisation von Neuropeptiden und biogenen
Aminen an identifizierten enddarminnervierenden Neuronen der Schabe Periplaneta
americana (L.), Tagungsband Neurobiologischer Doktorandenworkshop 1996, Universität
Leipzig
KREISSL, S., WEISS, T., DJOKAI, S., BALEZINA, O. and W. RATHMAYER (1999)
Peptidergic control of neuromuscular transmission and contraction in crustaceans. In
N. Elsner and Ulf Eysel (eds.): From Molecular Neurobiology to Clinical Neuroscience,
Proceedings of the 1st Göttingen Conference of the German Neuroscience Society, 27th
Göttingen Neurobiology Conference 1999, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 656
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WEISS, T and W. RATHMAYER (2001) Inhibitory peptidergic modulation of the Ca current
and contractions in crustacean muscle fibers: A voltage-clamp analysis. In N. Elsner and
G. W. Kreutzberg (eds), Proceedings of the 4th Meeting of the German Neuroscience
Society, 28th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference 2001, Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, p. 797
KREISSL, S., UTZ, S., WEISS, T., AGRICOLA, H.J. and W. RATHMAYER (2001) Segmentspecific neuropeptide phenotype of homonomous neurones in the isopod crustacean Idotea
emarginata. In N. Elsner and G. W. Kreutzberg (eds), Proceedings of the 4th Meeting of the
German Neuroscience Society, 28th Göttingen Neurobiology Conference 2001, Thieme
Verlag Stuttgart, p. 799
WEISS, T., BREUSTEDT, J., VEH, R.W. and U. HEINEMANN (2002) Dopamine affects
carbachol-induced oscillatory network activity in hippocampal CA3 pyramidal cells of the
rat via D1-like receptors. In FENS [Paris, 2002] Abstracts, Vol 1, A119.17, p. 296
WEISS, T., ROEPER, J., GEISLER, S. and R.W. VEH (2004) Morphological and
electrophysiological properties of neurons in the rat lateral habenula. In Neuroscience
Abstracts [San Diego, CA]: Society for Neuroscience, [2004]. Online.
WEISS, T. and R.W. VEH (2010) Dopamine depresses neuronal activity of rat lateral
habenula neurons via dopamine D4 receptors. In FENS [Amsterdam, 2010] Abstracts.
WEISS, T. and R.W. VEH (2011) The relation between morphological and
electrophysiological properties, and topographical allocation of neurons within the rat
lateral habenular complex. In Proceedings of the 9th Göttingen Meeting of the German
Neuroscience Society, 33rd Göttingen Neurobiology Conference 2011, p. 1165
LAVIALE, A., WEISS, T., VEH, R.W., McGINNITY, T., MAGUIRE, M and K. WONG-LIN
(2013) A single spiking neuronal model to account for the diverse spontaneous firing
patterns of lateral habenular neurons. In Neuroscience Abstracts [San Diego, CA]: Society
for Neuroscience, [2013]. Online
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