Martin Strauch

Research Scientist

 +49 241 80 22921
 +49 241 80 22200

publications & research: http://www.martinstrauch.com

Curriculum Vitae

April 2015 – now Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Imaging & Computer Vision, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
June 2007 – Dec 2014 Research Assistant (Dept. for Neurobiology) and PhD student in Computer Science, University of Konstanz, Germany
2003 Semester abroad, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Oct 2000 – May 2007 Undergraduate and graduate studies (Bioinformatics), University of Tübingen, Germany

Research Project

ACTIVE – Aachen Center for Biomedical Image Analysis, Visualization and Exploration



Journal Publications


Michael Schleyer, Alice Weiglein, Juliane Thoener, Martin Strauch, Volker Hartenstein, Melisa Kantar Weigelt, Sarah Schuller, Timo Saumweber, Katharina Eichler, Astrid Rohwedder, Dorit Merhof, Marta Zlatic, Andreas S. Thum and Bertram Gerber
Identification of dopaminergic neurons that can both establish associative memory and acutely terminate its behavioral expression
In: Journal of Neuroscience (in press)


Laura Hoppe Alvarez, Sabine Eisold, Rustam A. Gumerov, Martin Strauch, Andrey A. Rudov, Pia Lenssen, Dorit Merhof, Igor I. Potemkin, Ulrich Simon and Dominik Wöll
Deformation of Microgels at Solid-Liquid Interfaces Visualized in Three-Dimension
In: Nano Letters 19 (12)


Sascha E.A. Muenzing, Martin Strauch, James W. Truman, Katja Bühler, Andreas Thum and Dorit Merhof
larvalign: Aligning gene expression patterns from the larval brain of Drosophila melanogaster
In: Neuroinformatics 16 (1)


Martin Strauch, Clemens Müthing, Marc P. Brög, Paul Szyska, Daniel Münch, Thomas Laudes, Oliver Deussen, C. Giovanni Galizia and Dorit Merhof
The Looks of an Odor - Visualising Neural Odor Response Patterns in Real Time
In: BMC Bioinformatics 14 (Suppl 19)

Eugenio Martinelli, Alja Lüdke, Piergiorgio Adamo, Martin Strauch, Corrado Di Natale, C. Giovanni Galizia
Normalizing brain activity across individuals using functional reference mapping
In: Scientific Reports 7 (17128)


  • Eduardo Hatano, Ahmed M. Saveer, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Martin Strauch, Ali Zakir, Marie Bengtsson, Bill Hansson, Rickard Ignell, Peter Anderson, Paul G. Becher, Peter Witzgall, Teun Dekker: “A herbivore-induced plant volatile interferes with host plant and mate location in moths through suppression of olfactory signalling pathways.”, BMC Biology, 13:75, 2015
  • Jan Beran, Arno Weiershäuser, C. Giovanni Galizia, Julia Rein, Brian H. Smith, Martin Strauch: “On piecewise polynomial regression under general dependence conditions with an application to calcium-imaging data.”, Sankhya Series B, Springer, Volume 76, Issue 1, pp 49-81, 2014
  • Martin Strauch, Alja Lüdke, Daniel Münch, Thomas Laudes, C. Giovanni Galizia, Eugenio Martinelli, Luca Lavra, Roberto Paolesse, Alessandra Ulivieri, Alexandro Catini, Rosamaria Capuano, Corrado Di Natale: “More than apples and oranges – Detecting cancer with a fruit fly’s antenna.”, Scientific Reports, 4:3576, 2014 (cancer-sniffing fruit flies in the media)
  • Martin Strauch, Clemens Müthing, Marc P. Broeg, Paul Szyszka, Daniel Münch, Thomas Laudes, Oliver Deussen, C. Giovanni Galizia, Dorit Merhof: “The looks of an odor – Visualising neural odor response patterns in real time.”, BMC Bioinformatics, 14(Suppl 19):S6, 2013 (media report: BioPro)
  • Julia Rein, Julie A. Mustard, Martin Strauch, Brian H. Smith, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Octopamine modulates activity of neural networks in the honey bee antennal lobe”, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Vol 199:11, pp. 947-962, 2013
  • Martin Strauch, Julia Rein, Christian Lutz, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Signal extraction from movies of honeybee brain activity by convex analysis: The ImageBee plugin for KNIME.”, BMC Bioinformatics, 14(Suppl 18):S4, 2013
  • Martin Strauch, Mathias Ditzen, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Keeping their distance? Odor response patterns along the concentration range.”, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 6:71, 2012
  • C. Giovanni Galizia, Daniel Münch, Martin Strauch, Anja Nissler, Shouwen Ma: “Integrating heterogeneous odor response data into a common response model: A DoOR to the complete olfactome.”, Chemical Senses, volume 35, pp. 551-563, 2010 (cover of the september 2010 issue; commentary by Hansson and Stensmyr)
  • Jochen Supper, Martin Strauch, Dierk Wanke, Klaus Harter, Andreas Zell: “EDISA: Extracting biclusters from multiple time-series of gene-expression profiles.”, BMC Bioinformatics, 8:334, 2007
  • Martin Strauch, Jochen Supper, Christian Spieth, Dierk Wanke, Joachim Kilian, Klaus Harter and Andreas Zell: “A Two-Step Clustering for 3-D Gene Expression Data Reveals the Main Features of the Arabidopsis Stress Response.”, Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics, 4(1):54, 2007

Conference Publications



Long Chen, Martin Strauch, Matthias Daub, Xiaochen Jiang, Marcus Jansen, Hans-Georg Luigs, Susanne Schultz-Kuhlmann, Stefan Kruessel and Dorit Merhof
A CNN Framework Based on Line Annotations for Detecting Nematodes in Microscopic Images
In: IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)


Martin Strauch, Karl Krüger, Latha Mukunda, Alja Lüdke, C. Giovanni Galizia and Dorit Merhof
Interpolating maps between neural response spaces for chemosensing with fruit fly antenna sensors.
In: IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE)


Long Chen, Martin Strauch and Dorit Merhof
Instance Segmentation of Biomedical Images with an Object-aware Embedding Learned with Local Constraints
In: International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI)


Long Chen, Martin Strauch, Matthias Daub, Marcus Jansen, Hans-Georg Luigs and Dorit Merhof
Instance Segmentation of Nematode Cysts in Microscopic Images of Soil Samples
In: International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC)


Martin Strauch, Latha Mukunda, Alja Lüdke, C. Giovanni Galizia and Dorit Merhof
Recovering a chemotopic feature space from a group of fruit fly antenna chemosensors.
In: 18th IEEE Conference on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering (BIBE)


Martin Strauch, Volker Hartenstein, Ingrid V. Andrade, Albert Cardona and Dorit Merhof
Annotated dendrograms for neurons from the larval fruit fly brain.
In: Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine (VCBM)


Dominic Siedhoff(1), Martin Strauch(1), Victoria Shpacovitch and Dorit Merhof
Unsupervised Data Analysis for Virus Detection with a Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor
In: IEEE International Conference on Image Processing Theory, Tools and Applications (IPTA)


Martin Strauch, Markus Rothermel, Matt Wachowiak and Dorit Merhof
Smoothness-constrained convex cone analysis for signal extraction from calcium imaging movies
In: IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI)


Michael Gadermayr, Martin Strauch, Barbara Mara Klinkhammer, Sonja Djudjaj, Peter Boor and Dorit Merhof
Domain Adaptive Classification for Compensating Variability in Histopathological Whole Slide Images
In: International Conference on Image Analysis and Recognition (ICIAR)


  • Martin Strauch, Marc P. Broeg, Clemens Müthing, Paul Szyszka, Oliver Deussen, C. Giovanni Galizia, Dorit Merhof: “INCIDE the Brain of a Bee – Visualising Honeybee Brain Activity in Real Time by Semantic Segmentation.”, pp. 17-24, Symposium on Biological Data Visualization (BioVis), Oct 14-15 2012, Seattle, USA, IEEE, 2012 (“honorable mention” award)
  • Martin Strauch, Julia Rein, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Signal extraction from movies of honeybee brain activity by convex analysis.”, pp. 1-6, Int. Conf. on Computational Advances in Bio and Medical Sciences (ICCABS), Feb 23-25 2012, Las Vegas, USA, IEEE, 2012
  • Martin Strauch, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Fast PCA for processing calcium-imaging data from the brain of Drosophila melanogaster.”}, pp. 3-10, CIKM Workshop on Data and Text Mining in Biomedical Informatics (DTMBIO), Oct 24th 2011, Glasgow, Scotland, ACM, 2011
  • Martin Strauch, C. Giovanni Galizia: “Registration to a neuroanatomical reference atlas – identifying glomeruli in optical recordings of the honeybee brain.”, P-136, pp. 85-95, German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB), Sep 9-12 2008, Dresden, Germany, Lecture Notes in Informatics, 2008