Curriculum Vitae – Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Steffen R. Hage

General information

Current Position: W3 Professor, Group Leader

Current Institution:
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (EKUT)
Dept of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS)

Molecular Physiology of Hearing
Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 5, 72076 Tübingen, DE

ORCID: 0000-0002-7018-543X

Qualifications and Career


1996-2001: Master (Diplom) in Biology, Ulm University, DE (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Günter Ehret)
2005: Doctorate, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Uwe Jürgens and Prof. Dr. Günter Ehret, PhD in Neurobiology, Ulm University, DE

Stages of academic/professional carrer:

Since 2020: Full Professor, Dept. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tübingen, Medical Center, DE
2019-2020: Interim Professor, Dept. Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tübingen, Medical Center, DE
2014-2019: Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), University of Tübingen, DE
2014: Habilitation (Priv.-Doz.) in Behavioral and Neural Sciences, University of Tübingen, DE (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder)
2009–2014: Research Group Leader at University of Tübingen (Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder lab)
2007–2009: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA (Metzner lab)
2007: Visiting scientist at the MPI Ornithology, Seewiesen (3 months) (Gahr lab)
2007: Visiting scientist at the University of Ulm (3 months) (Ehret lab), DE
2005–2007: Postdoctoral fellow at the German Primate Center, Göttingen (Jürgens lab), DE

Activities in the Research System

Reviewer for Funding Agencies:

Reviewer for Funding Agencies
including: German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Swiss National Science Foundation (individual and cluster appl.), Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), BBSRC of Great Britain, uni:docs (PhD fellowship program of the University of Vienna, AT).

Reviewer for Journals
including: Science, Nat Commun, Curr Biol, PLoS Biol, PNAS, Nat Protoc, Animal Behavior, Biol Lett, Cognition, Eur J Neurosci, Hear Res, J Exp Biol, J Hum Evol, J Neurophysiol, J Neurosci Methods, Neuroscience, Neurosci Lett, Sci Rep.

Since 2021 : Lecture in Experimental Medicine at the University of Tübingen
Since 2020 : Several lectures at the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, University of Tübingen in the fields of Neurosensory Systems, Comparative Neuroscience of Communication and Molecular Neurobiology.
Since 2009 : Several practical courses in the bachelor and master programs at the Institute for Neurobiology, University of Tübingen. Winter term.

2023 : Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of the symposium “A comparative perspective on social communication”, 15th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Göttingen, DE.
2015 : Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of the symposium “Neuronal Basis of Vocal Communication in Vertebrates”, 9th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, Göttingen, DE.

Awards and conferred memberships

2022- : Co-opted member of the Science Faculty, University of Tübingen, DE
2020- : Faculty at the IMPRS “The Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction”
2016- : Member of the animal welfare committee of the University of Tübingen, DE
2016- : Member of the Education Board of “Neural and Behavioural Sciences”, Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, DE
2016 : Faculty at the MPI Summer School „Language in Interaction“, Nijmegen, NL
2016 : Faculty at the FENS-Hertie Winter School „Neurobiology of Language and Communication“, Obergurgl, AT
2014-2018 : DFG Research Grant recipient – Ha 5400/3
2009 : DFG Research Grant recipient – Ha 5400/2
2007-2009 : DFG Research Grant recipient – Ha 5400/1
2006 : Promotional award of the German Primate Center, Göttingen, DE
2006 : Ph.D. award of the University Society Ulm, DE

Selected publications

  1. Voigtlaender VA, Sandhaeger F, Hawellek DJ, Hage SR, Siegel M (2023) Neural representations of the content and production of human vocalization. Proc Nat Acad Sci. 120 (23):e2219310120. DOI:10.1073/pnas.2219310120 Open Access (project initiation, conceptualization and adata interpretation)
  2. Gultekin YB, Hildebrand DGC, Hammerschmidt K, Hage SR (2021) High plasticity in marmoset monkey vocal development from infancy to adulthood. Sci Adv. 7(27):eabf2938. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abf2938 Open Access (experiment design, visualisation, writing, funding and supervision)
  3. Risueno-Segovia C, Hage SR (2020) Theta synchronization of phonatory and articulatory systems in marmoset monkey vocal production. Curr Biol. 30(21):4276-4283.e3. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2020.08.019 Open Access (conception, experiment design, visualisation, interpretation, funding, supervision and writing)
  4. Pomberger T, Risueno-Segovia C, Gultekin YB, Dohmen D, Hage SR (2019) Cognitive control of complex motor behavior in marmoset monkeys. Nat Commun. 10(1):3796. DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-11714-8 Open Access (conception, experiment design, data analysis, visualisation, funding, supervision and writing)
  5. Brecht KF, Hage SR, Gavrilov N, Nieder A (2019) Volitional control of vocalizations in corvid songbirds. PLoS Biol. 17(8):e3000375. DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.3000375 Open Access (conceptualization, methodology, supervision, writing – review & editing)
  6. Pomberger T, Risueno-Segovia C, Löschner J, Hage SR (2018) Precise motor control enables adaptive plasticity in vocal behavior of marmoset monkeys. Curr Biol. 28(5):788-794.e3. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2018.01.070 Open Access (experiment design, analyzed the vocal reinforcement experiment data; interpretation, writing)
  7. Gultekin YB, Hage SR (2018) Limiting parental interaction during vocal development affects acoustic call structure in marmoset monkeys. Sci Adv. 4(4):eaar4012. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aar4012 Open Access (experiment design, data analysis and interpretation, writing)
  8. Gavrilov N, Hage SR, Nieder A (2017) Functional specialization of the primate frontal lobe during cognitive control of vocalizations. Cell Rep. 21(9):2393-2406. DOI:10.1016/j.celrep.2017.10.107 Open Access (design, performed the research, interpretation and writing the manuscript)
  9. Gultekin YB, Hage SR (2017) Limiting parental feedback disrupts vocal development in marmoset monkeys. Nat Commun. 8:14046. DOI:10.1038/ncomms14046 Open Access (design, performed the research, interpretation and writing the manuscript)
  10. Hage SR, Nieder A (2013) Single neurons in monkey prefrontal cortex encode volitional initiation of vocalizations. Nat Commun. 4:2409. DOI:10.1038/ncomms3409 Open Access (performed experiment, study design, analysis, data interpretation, writing)


  1. Fischer J, Hage SR (2019) Primate vocalization as a model for human speech: scopes and limits. In: Hagoort P (Ed.) Human Language: From Genes and Brainsto Behavior. MIT Press, New York,pp. 639-656.2. SBN: 9780262042635
  2. Hage SR (2010) Neuronal networks involved in the generation of vocalization. In: Brudzynski SM (Ed.) Handbook of mammalian vocalization. Academic Press, Oxford, pp.329-338.3. ISBN: 9780123745934
  3. Hage SR (2010) Localization of the central pattern generator for vocalization. In: Brudzynski SM (Ed.) Handbook of mammalian vocalization. Academic Press, Oxford, pp.339-349.4. ISBN: 9780123745934
  4. Hage SR, Jürgens U & Ehret G (2007) The olivocochlear system takes part in audio-vocal interaction. In: Kollmeier B, Klump G, Hohmann V, Langemann U, Mauermann M, Uppenkamp S & Verhey J (Eds.) Hearing –From Sensory Processing to Perception. Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 191-197.5. ISBN: 9783540730095
  5. Ehret G, Hage SR, Egorova M & Müller BA (2005) Auditory maps in the midbrain: the inferior colliculus. In: Pressnitzer D, de Cheveigné A, McAdams S & Collet L (Eds.) Auditory signal processing: physiology, psychoacoustics, and models. Springer, New York, pp.162-168. ISBN: 9780387270456

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