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Scheuss Lab - Synapse and neural circuit physiology

Physiological Genomics

scheussResearch Topics

  • Neuronal circuit organisation and function
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Neurobiological mechanisms of psychiatric disease
  • Optophysiology, electrophysiology and circuit mapping


Dr. Volker Scheuss

phone: +49 (0)89 - 2180 71925

Photo: Jan Greune

We explore the principles of higher brain function - from molecules via synapses, neurons and neuronal circuits up to behavior - and how risk genes of neuropsychiatric diseases lead to cognitive impairments. Our model systems are transgenic mice and human cellular models. We apply state-of-the-art electro- and optophysiological methods, such as in vivo and in vitro 2-photon microscopy, 2-photon calcium imaging and glutamate uncaging, optogenetics, circuit mapping by laser-scanning-photostimulation, correlated light and electron microscopy and patch-clamp recordings. Read more...


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Scientific vita

since 2017 Group leader, Lecturer Dept. Physiological Genomics, Biomedical Center, LMU Munich
2007-2016 Group leader Dept. of Synapses-Circuits-Plasticity , Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried
2002-2006 Postdoctoral researcher Svoboda Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Janelia Research Campus (HHMI), USA
2000 PhD in Biophysics University of Göttingen, advisor: Erwin Neher