Professor of Animal Physiology


Animal Physiology

RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau
Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 13, Room 572
67663 Kaiserslautern

Tel.: +49 (0)631-205-2422

Email: volker.scheuss(at)


Curriculum Vitae:

since 2024:  W3 Professor of Animal Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Kaiserslautern

2023-2024:  W3 Professor for Physiology, MSH Medical School Hamburg

2019-2024:  Group Leader, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, LMU Munich

2017-2019: Lecturer and Group Leader, Biomedical Center, LMU Munich, with Prof. Magdalena Götz

2016-2017:  W2 Professor of Physical and Synthetic Biology (interim), LMU Munich

2016:  Habilitation (vena legendi) for Neurobiology, LMU Munich

2009: Career Development Award, Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

2007-2017:  Project-Leader, MPI of Neurobiology Martinsried with Prof. Tobias Bonhoeffer

2002-2006:  Postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York / Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, Ashburn, Virginia, USA with Prof. Karel Svoboda

2000-2002:  Postdoctoral fellow at MPI for Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen with Prof. Erwin Neher

1997-2000:  PhD in Biophysics at the University of Göttingen / MPI for Biophysical Chemistry with Prof. Erwin Neher

1996-1997: MSc in Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine, Imperial College, University of London, Great Britain

1995-1996: BSc in Applied Physics with Microelectronics and Computing, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Great Britain

1992-1995:  Diploma Studies in Physics (Vordiplom), University of Bremen


Major Research Interests:

Our group studies how synaptic physiology translates into higher brain function - from molecules via synapses, neurons and neuronal circuits up to systemic brain function - and how risk alleles of risk genes for neuropsychiatric diseases lead to cognitive impairments.

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