Martin Heisenberg is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Until 2008, he held the professorial chair for genetics and neurobiology at the University of Würzburg. Heisenberg's work has focused on the neurogenetics of Drosophila (the fruit fly), with the aim of investigating the genetic foundations of the Drosophila brain by studying the effect of genetic mutations on brain function. His most recent publication is entitled “Is Free Will an Illusion” (Nature, 2009).
Read the abstract of the paper Professor Heisenberg presented for STI's Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom? experts meeting. Read Professor Heisenberg's Introductory Remarks to the 21st Göttingen Neurobiology Conference: "Genes, Brain and Behavior". Visit the Virtual Insect Brain Lab, where Professor Heisenberg is Project Leader. Download free articles from The Journal of Neurogenetics' Martin Heisenberg special issue. Read Harvard Professor Bob Doyle's blog commentary on Professor Heisenberg's aforementioned essay on free will, as well as his letter to the editor of Nature magazine.