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Volker Scheuss

PD Dr. Volker Scheuss

GSN associate faculty


Group Leader


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Department of Physiological Genomics
BioMedical Center - BMC
Großhaderner Str. 9
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Phone: +49 (0)89-2180-71925


Further Information

Research focus: Wiring, computation and plasticity of cortical neurons and circuits

Key words: Synapse function/plasticity, dendritic spines, cortical circuit structure/function, 2-photon imaging/uncaging, calcium imaging, optogenetics, optophysiology, laser-scanning photostimulation

GSN Students

Selected publications: 

Weiler U, Bauer J, Hübener M, Bonhoeffer T, Rose T, SCHEUSS V (2018) High-yield in vitro recordings from neurons functionally characterized in vivo. NATURE PROTOCOLS, 13(6):1275-1293

Gökce O, Bonhoeffer T, Scheuss V (2016) Clusters of synaptic input on dendrites of layer 5 pyramidal cells in mouse visual cortex. eLife, 5:e09222

Meyer D, Bonhoeffer T, Scheuss V (2014) Balance and stability of synaptic structures during synaptic plasticity. Neuron, 82(2):430-43

Scheuss V, Bonhoeffer T (2014, online 2013) Function of dendritic spines on hippocampal inhibitory neurons. Cerebral Cortex, 24 (12): 3142-53

Zito K, Scheuss V, Knott G, Hill T, Svoboda K (2009) Rapid functional maturation of nascent dendritic spines. Neuron, 61:247-58

Scheuss V, Yasuda R, Sobczyk A, Svoboda K (2006) Non-linear [Ca2+] signaling in dendritic spines caused by activity-dependent inactivation of Ca2+ extrusion. J Neurosci, 26(31):8183-94

Lou X, Scheuss V, Schneggenburger R (2005) Allosteric modulation of the presynaptic Ca2+-sensor for vesicle fusion. Nature, 435(7041):497-501

Scheuss V, Schneggenburger R, Neher E (2002) Separation of presynaptic and postsynaptic contributions to depression by covariance analysis of successive EPSCs at the calyx of Held synapse. J Neurosci, 22(3): 728-39

Scheuss V, Neher E (2001) Estimating synaptic parameters from mean, variance and covariance in trains of synaptic responses. Biophys J, 81: 1970-88