Dr. Hans A. Hofmann is a Full Professor of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and a Fellow at UT’s Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology. He received his doctoral degree in biology from the University of Leipzig for his work on the neurobiology of aggression in crickets, which he carried out at the Max-Planck Institute in Seewiesen under the guidance of Franz Huber. As a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Hofmann began taking advantage of the astonishing diversity and plasticity of cichlid fishes to study how the social environment regulates brain and behavior. After being awarded a Grass Foundation Fellowship in Neuroscience to carry out independent research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (MA), he was appointed as a Bauer Genome Fellow at Harvard University, where he pioneered the new field of behavioral genomics. Hofmann developed many of the genomic resources for cichlid fishes with the support from NIH and NSF, and was the co-initiator of the cichlid genomic consortium, which successfully completed, with support from the NHGRI, the sequencing of five cichlid genomes at the Broad Institute. Hofmann's research has been widely published in premier journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, Cell, and Journal of Neuroscience. In addition to more than 110 invited keynote lectures and department seminar he has given numerous public and outreach presentations.
In 2008, Hofmann received the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (in Neuroscience) and was awarded the Frank A. Beach Early Career Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. He has also been honored with the 2009 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Award for his commitment to undergraduate education at UT Austin. He has been on the Editorial Board of several journals and was an Editor for Behavioral Ecology from 2007 through 2012. Since 2011 he has been the co-director of the new Center for Brain, Behavior, and Evolution at UT Austin, and in March 2012 he was appointed as the Director of UT's Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics where he now co-leads an innovative bioinformatics initiative across the College of Natural Sciences. In 2013, Hofmann was selected as new Co-Director of the Neural Systems & Behavior summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole (MA).