Jakob von Trotha , PhD

Jakob von Trotha

Jakob von Trotha studied biology and philosophy in Tübingen, Zürich, and Cologne. He received his diploma from the University of Cologne under the supervision of the late José Campos-Ortega, where he investigated cell polarity and mitotic spindle orientation during early neurogenesis in the zebrafish. During his PhD at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, UK, Jakob searched for adult neural stem cells in Drosophila in Andrea Brand’s lab. He then joined the lab of Laure Bally-Cuif at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Gif-sur-Yvette close to Paris. Here, Jakob got interested in the analysis of emotions and motivated behavior using the zebrafish model system. In 2016, Jakob began working at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in the lab of Reinhard Köster as a postdoctoral researcher. In Reinhard’s lab, Jakob fell in love with whole-brain in vivo imaging and the intriguing possibilities of combining light sheet microscopy with microfluidics.