Georg R Zoidl


Canada Research Chair Tier I
Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Locations / Contact Info:

Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 22136

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - - Department of Psychology
Science and Engineering -


Master - 1986
University of Cologne

PhD - 1991
University of Essen

Privatdozent - 2006
Ruhr University Bochum


07/2011-today:  Full Professor for Molecular Neuroscience and Canada Research Chair (Tier I), York University, Toronto, Canada 

2009-2011:  Appointed Member of the International Graduate School for Biology and Biotechnology (IGB), Faculty of Life Sciences, RUB, Germany

2007-2011:  Acting Director, Dept. Cytology (Medical Faculty, RUB, Bochum)

10/2007:  Promoted to “Akademischer Rat” (Medical Faculty, RUB, Bochum)

2007-2011: Appointed Member of the Bochum Research School

01/2006:  “Venia Legendi” (Habilitation) for “Neuroanatomy and Molecular Brain Research”

06/2004: Appointed Member at the International Graduate School for Neuroscience (IGSN), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

1997-2011: Group leader (C1): Molecular Brain Research Unit“, Medical Faculty, Ruhr-University Bochum (Head of Department: Prof. Dr. med. R. Dermietzel)

1995 - 1997:  Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anatomy and Developmental
Biology (Group: Prof. Dr. R. Mirsky, Prof. Dr. K.R. Jessen, University College London, London, England)

1990 - 1995: Research Fellow/Postdoc, Neurochemisches Labor, AG Molekulare Neurobiologie, Neurologische Universitätsklinik der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Group: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. H.W. Müller)

Selected Publications

2018 (* HQPs Zoidl lab)

1: Greb H, Klaassen LJ, Schultz K, Kamermans M, Zoidl G, Weiler R,

Janssen-Bienhold U. An alternative splice variant of zebrafish cx52.6 is

expressed in retinal horizontal cells. Neuroscience. 2018 Jul 23. pii:

S0306-4522(18)30499-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.07.024. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30048782.

2: Whyte-Fagundes P*, Kurtenbach S*, Zoidl C*, Shestopalov VI, Carlen PL, Zoidl G. A Potential Compensatory Role of Panx3 in the VNO of a Panx1 Knock Out Mouse Model. Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 Apr 26;11:135.

3: Peimani AR, Zoidl G, Rezai P. A microfluidic device to study electrotaxis and dopaminergic system of zebrafish larvae. Biomicrofluidics. 2018 Feb


4: Whyte-Fagundes P,* Zoidl G. Mechanisms of pannexin1 channel gating and regulation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2018 Jan;1860(1):65-71.


Krembil Research Institute
Afffiiated Researcher


Canada Research Chair (Tier I) - 2011


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Project Area 1: Role of Electrical Synapses in Vision

Project Area 2: Role of Electrical Synapses in Neuronal Plasticity: From Genes to Function

Project Area 3: Development of Zebrafish Models of Neurological Disorders


Research Projects

Role of Electrical Synapses in Vision
Role: Principal Investigator
Year Funded: 2012
Duration: 5
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council