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Lars Kunz

PD Dr. Lars Kunz

Regular member MCN, GSN associate faculty


Research group leader


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Dept. Biology II
Division Neurobiology
Großhaderner Straße 2
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Room: B03.005
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74299
Fax: 49 (0)89 / 2180-74304


Further Information

Research focus: 

• Metabolic cost of neuronal activity

• Ion channels in astrocytes

• Metabotropic regulation of auditory circuits

• The endocannabinoid system in development & modulation of neuronal function

• ROS as signalling molecules

• Function of ion channels & neurotransmitters in the mammalian gonads

Key words: Neuroenergetics, auditory system, astrocytes, metabotropic regulation, ROS


GSN students

Graduated: Dr. Barbara Trattner, Dr. Stefanie Götz

Selected publications:

Brosel S, Grothe B, Kunz L (2018) An auditory brainstem nucleus as a model system for neuronal metabolic demands. Eur. J. Neurosci. 2018, 47:222-235.

Keplinger S, Beiderbeck B, Michalakis S, Biel M, Grothe B, Kunz L (2018) Optogenetic Control of Neural Circuits in the Mongolian Gerbil. Front. Cell. Neurosci. 12:111.

Direnberger S, Banchi R, Brosel S, Seebacher C, Laimgruber S, Uhl R, Felmy F, Straka H, Kunz L (2015) Analysis of signal processing in vestibular circuits with a novel light-emitting diodes-based fluorescence microscope. Eur. J. Neurosci. 41, 1332-1344.

Trattner B, Berner S, Grothe B, Kunz L (2013) Depolarization-induced suppression of a glycinergic synapse in the superior olivary complex by endocannabinoids. J. Neurochem. 127, 78-90.

Trattner B, Gravot CM, Grothe B, Kunz L (2013) Metabolic Maturation of Auditory Neurones in the Superior Olivary Complex. PLoS One 8, e67351.