Prof. Dr. Sonja Hofer

University of Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 50 / 70
CH - 4056 Basel
Biozentrum, Room 605.2 Phone: +41 61 207 17 65
Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Assistant

Susanna Notz
Biozentrum, Room 608
Phone: +41 61 207 21 91
Fax: +41 61 207 21 89

Research group Sonja Hofer


Roth, Morgane M; Dahmen, Johannes C; Muir, Dylan R; Imhof, Fabia; Martini, Francisco J; Hofer, Sonja B (2016). Thalamic nuclei convey diverse contextual information to layer 1 of visual cortex. Nature neuroscience, 19(2), 299-307.
Poort, Jasper; Khan, Adil G; Pachitariu, Marius; Nemri, Abdellatif; Orsolic, Ivana; Krupic, Julija; Bauza, Marius; Sahani, Maneesh; Keller, Georg B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Hofer, Sonja B (2015). Learning Enhances Sensory and Multiple Non-sensory Representations in Primary Visual Cortex. Neuron, 86(6), 1478-90.
Okun, Michael; Steinmetz, Nicholas A; Cossell, Lee; Iacaruso, M Florencia; Ko, Ho; Barthó, Péter; Moore, Tirin; Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Carandini, Matteo; Harris, Kenneth D (2015). Diverse coupling of neurons to populations in sensory cortex. Nature, 521(7553), 511-5.
Cossell, Lee; Iacaruso, Maria Florencia; Muir, Dylan R; Houlton, Rachael; Sader, Elie N; Ko, Ho; Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D (2015). Functional organization of excitatory synaptic strength in primary visual cortex. Nature, 518(7539), 399-403.
Ko, Ho; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Hofer, Sonja B (2014). Emergence of feature-specific connectivity in cortical microcircuits in the absence of visual experience. Journal of neuroscience, 34(29), 9812-6.
Ko, Ho; Cossell, Lee; Baragli, Chiara; Antolik, Jan; Clopath, Claudia; Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D (2013). The emergence of functional microcircuits in visual cortex. Nature, 496(7443), 96-100.
van Versendaal, Daniëlle; Rajendran, Rajeev; Saiepour, M Hadi; Klooster, Jan; Smit-Rigter, Laura; Sommeijer, Jean-Pierre; De Zeeuw, Chris I; Hofer, Sonja B; Heimel, J Alexander; Levelt, Christiaan N (2012). Elimination of inhibitory synapses is a major component of adult ocular dominance plasticity. Neuron, 74(2), 374-83.
Hofer, Sonja B; Ko, Ho; Pichler, Bruno; Vogelstein, Joshua; Ros, Hana; Zeng, Hongkui; Lein, Ed; Lesica, Nicholas A; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D (2011). Differential connectivity and response dynamics of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 14(8), 1045-52.
Ko, Ho; Hofer, Sonja B; Pichler, Bruno; Buchanan, Katherine A; Sjöström, P Jesper; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D (2011). Functional specificity of local synaptic connections in neocortical networks. Nature, 473(7345), 87-91.
Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Horvath, Domonkos; Grothe, Benedikt; Lesica, Nicholas A (2010). Optimization of population decoding with distance metrics. Neural Networks, 23(6), 728-32.
Hofer, Sonja B; Bonhoeffer, Tobias (2010). Dendritic spines: the stuff that memories are made of?. Current Biology, 20(4), R157-9.
Hofer, Sonja B (2010). Structural traces of past experience in the cerebral cortex. Journal of Molecular Medicine, 88(3), 235-9.
Holtmaat, Anthony; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Chow, David K; Chuckowree, Jyoti; De Paola, Vincenzo; Hofer, Sonja B; Hübener, Mark; Keck, Tara; Knott, Graham; Lee, Wei-Chung A; Mostany, Ricardo; Mrsic-Flogel, Tom D; Nedivi, Elly; Portera-Cailliau, Carlos; Svoboda, Karel; Trachtenberg, Joshua T; Wilbrecht, Linda (2009). Long-term, high-resolution imaging in the mouse neocortex through a chronic cranial window. Nature Protocols, 4(8), 1128-44.
Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark (2009). Experience leaves a lasting structural trace in cortical circuits. Nature, 457(7227), 313-7.
Mank, Marco; Santos, Alexandre Ferrão; Direnberger, Stephan; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Hofer, Sonja B; Stein, Valentin; Hendel, Thomas; Reiff, Dierk F; Levelt, Christiaan; Borst, Alexander; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark; Griesbeck, Oliver (2008). A genetically encoded calcium indicator for chronic in vivo two-photon imaging. Nature Methods, 5(9), 805-11.
Chakravarthy, Sridhara; Keck, Tara; Roelandse, Martijn; Hartman, Robin; Jeromin, Andreas; Perry, Sean; Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas; Levelt, Christiaan N (2008). Cre-dependent expression of multiple transgenes in isolated neurons of the adult forebrain. PloS one, 3(8), e3059.
Hübener, Mark; Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; : Ocular dominance plasticity, in: Chalupa, LM; Williams, RW (Ed.). (2008). Eye, Retina, and Visual System of the Mouse, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press , S. 439-448.
Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Hofer, Sonja B; Ohki, Kenichi; Reid, R Clay; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark (2007). Homeostatic regulation of eye-specific responses in visual cortex during ocular dominance plasticity. Neuron, 54(6), 961-72.
Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark (2006). Lifelong learning: ocular dominance plasticity in mouse visual cortex. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 16(4), 451-9.
Hofer, Sonja B; Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark (2006). Prior experience enhances plasticity in adult visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 9(1), 127-32.
Mrsic-Flogel, Thomas D; Hofer, Sonja B; Creutzfeldt, Claire; Cloëz-Tayarani, Isabelle; Changeux, Jean-Pierre; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Hübener, Mark (2005). Altered map of visual space in the superior colliculus of mice lacking early retinal waves. The Journal of Neuroscience, 25(29), 6921-8.
Hofer, Sonja B; Klump, Georg M (2003). Within- and across-channel processing in auditory masking: a physiological study in the songbird forebrain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 23(13), 5732-9.
Gehr, D D; Hofer, S B; Marquardt, D; Leppelsack, H (2000). Functional changes in field L complex during song development of juvenile male zebra finches. Brain Research. Developmental Brain Research, 125(1-2), 153-65.

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