Jan Haaker

Year 2018

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

Institut für Systemische Neurowissenschaften

Martinistraße 52, Gebäude W34
20246 Hamburg

Jan Haaker

Research areas

  • Neuropharmacology of Emotional Learning

  • Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety

  • Social Learning (Observational Learning)


  • 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

Selection of

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Endogenous opioids regulate social threat learning in humans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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).

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