Full CV of Michael Bach   (→short version,   →Wikipedia entry)

1950               Born 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 workshop 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 & 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
1999–2015Head 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, Documenta Ophthalmologica
2000–2003Appointed 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
2002–2017Associate Editor, Documenta Ophthalmologica
2002–2009International 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 the Exploratorium 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;
organised the department’s open house day
2008–Scientific Board, The Barn
2008–Secretary Kunstverein Gundelfingen (local art society)
2010Organised “Sehtag im Seepark”
2012Organised the department’s ‘“Sehtag” (open house day)
2013–2024Director of International Communications at ISCEV (three terms)
2013–Scientific Board, GWUP
2015–Scientist (emeritus), Eye Center, University Medical Center Freiburg
2021–Scientific Advisory Board, iHCDP
2022–Music Duo “MmM”


>315 peer-reviewed papers,   >900 oral presentations,   >20 book chapters,   1 book,
h-index 68,   website visual phenomena/illusions


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

64 supervised theses

9 PhD (physics, biology), 33 MD, 13 diploma (physics, biology, informatics), 1 MSc optometry, 8 BSc

Membership in professional organizations

Awards, Recognition

1998  Reisestipendium der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
2008Portrayed in ‘Die Zeit’
2012“Exceptionally good review”, IOVS
2013ECVP Tom Troscianko Prize (for the most outrageous presentation)
2013“Exceptionally good review”, IOVS & JOV
2015ISCEV Adachi Award
2016“Exceptionally good review”, JOV & TVST
2017Alumni-Medaille der Universitäts-Augenklinik München
2018Honorary Member of ISCEV
2018von Graefe Award der DOG
2019“Exceptionally good review”, TVST
2021Elfriede-Aulhorn Keynote, DOG 2021 Congress
2022Ehrennadel in Gold vom Landesverband Amateurtheater
2024Ranked in the top 0.05% of all scholars worldwide

Programming languages (in ≈ chronologic squence)

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

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