Jan Haaker

Jan Haaker

Member since 2018
born 1984
subject: Pharmacy/Neurosciences

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
Institut für Systemische Neurowissenschaften
Martinistraße 52, Gebäude W34
20246 Hamburg

Tel.: 040-741055769


Research Areas

  • Neuropharmacology of Emotional Learning

  • Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety

  • Social Learning (Observational Learning)


Curriculum Vitae

  • since 2016

    Head of Research Group, Institute of Systems Neuroscience, Universität Hamburg

  • 2016 - 2021

    Project Manager, Collaborative Research Area TRR 58 “Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders”

  • 2013 - 2016

    Postdoc in the Department for Clinical Neurosciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (Research Scholar, German Research Foundation)

  • 2012 - 2013

    Joint travel grant, Institute of Pharmacy, Universität Hamburg, and Niemann Gesellschaft, Hamburg

  • 2009 - 2012

    Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. Nat.), Institute of Pharmacy & Institute of Systems Neuroscience, Universität Hamburg

  • 2009

    Licensed as Pharmacist

  • 2009

    Research stay, Department of Pharmacological Pharmacy, Uppsala University (Scholarship Holder, Universität Hamburg)

  • 2004 - 2008

    read Pharmacy, Universität Hamburg


  • L-DOPA modulates activity in the vmPFC, nucleus accumbens, and VTA during threat extinction learning in humans.

    Esser R, Korn CW, Ganzer F, Haaker J. In: Elife. 2021 Sep 2;10:e65280. doi: 10.7554/eLife.65280.

  • Observation of others’ threat reactions recovers memories previously shaped by first-hand experiences.

    Haaker J*, Diaz-Mataix L*, Guillazo-Blanch G, Stark SA, LeDoux JE & Olsson A. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2021 118, e2101290118 (*=equal contributions).

  • Observation of others' painful heat stimulation involves responses in the spinal cord.

    Tinnermann A, Buechel C & Haaker J. In: Science Advances 2021: Vol. 7, no. 14, eabe8444.

  • Endogenous opioids regulate social threat learning in humans.

    Haaker J, Yi J, Petrovic P, Olsson A. In: Nature Communications 2017; 8, 15495.

  • Assessing social transmission of threats in humans using the observational fear conditioning procedure.

    Haaker J*, Golkar A*, Selbing I*, Olsson A. In: Nature Protocols. 2017; 12, 1378–1386 (*=equal contributions).

  • Where There is Smoke There is Fear? Impaired Contextual Inhibition of Conditioned Fear in Smokers.

    Haaker J, Lonsdorf TB, Schümann D, Bunzeck N, Peters J, Sommer T, Kalisch R. In: Neuropsychopharmacology 2017 Feb 15.

  • Higher anxiety and larger amygdala volumes in carriers of a TMEM132D risk variant for panic disorder.

    Haaker J, Lonsdorf TB, Raczka KA, Mechias ML, Gartmann N & Kalisch R. In: Translational Psychiatry. 2014 Feb 4;4:e357.

  • Single dose of L-dopa makes extinction memories context-independent and prevents the return of fear.

    Haaker J, Gaburro S, Sah A, Gartmann N, Lonsdorf TB, Meier K, Singewald N, Pape HC, Morellini F*, Kalisch R*. In: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 25;110(26):E2428-36 (*=equal contributions).