University of Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuner
Anatomy and Cell Biology II
Im Neuenheimer Feld 307
69120 Heidelberg
Tel. 06221-54-8678

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Functional Neuroanatomy

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kuner

MD 1998, University of Heidelberg
1999-2000, Postdoctoral work at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, and Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA.
Since 2000, Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg
2003, Habilitation in Physiology, University of Heidelberg
2006, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Heidelberg

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Our work is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission, mainly focusing on presynaptic nerve terminals. We employ a multidisciplinary approach ranging from molecules to behavior: molecular perturbation, viral gene transfer, genetically encoded indicators, high-resolution fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy, 3D analyses, quantitative fluorescence imaging, electrophysiology and behavior.

Current funding

WIN Program of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences “From Molecules to Behaviour – Mechanisms of Odor Discrimination” (2002-2007); DFG research grant “Synaptic inhibition – molecular determinants of inhibitory neurons within defined networks” (FOR577, 2005-2008); DFG graduate school “Quantitative Analysis of Dynamic Processes in Membrane Transport and Translocation” (GK 1188, 2006-2010); DFG research grant “Information processing in the olfactory system” (FOR643, 2006-2009). EU Integrated Project “From molecules to networks: understanding synaptic physiology and pathology through mouse models” (2006-2010).