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Benedikt Grothe

Prof. Dr. Benedikt Grothe

MCN & GSN Speaker, Head of the GSN Examination Board, GSN core faculty


Chair of the Division of Neurobiology


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Division Neurobiology
Großhaderner Straße 2
D-82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Room: B03.002
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74302
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180-74304


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Research focus: Structure, physiology, and function of neuronal circuits processing spatio-temporal information, their evolution and development. Research topics span from ion-channels and biophysics (in vitro physiology) via circuit structure and function (synaptic function, myelination patterns etc.), to in vivo single cell and populations responses, population coding (modelling), psychoacoustics and perception. Methods in the lab include: electrophysiology in vitro and in vivo, pharmacology, laser-uncaging, optogenetics, comparative anatomy and immunohistochemistry, in vivo ca-imaging, animal and human psychophysics

Key words: auditory - neuronal circuits - sensory

GSN students

Selected publications:

1. Beiderbeck B, Müller N, Myoga MH, Friauf F*, Grothe B*, Pecka M* (2018) Precise inhibition in the auditory brainstem fine‐tunes and facilitates action potential firing. Nature Commun 9:1771 

2. Ford, MC, Alexandrova O, Cossell L, Stange-Marten A, Sinclair J, Kopp-Scheinpflug C, Pecka M, Attwell D, Grothe B (2015) Tuning of Ranvier node and internode properties in myelinated axons to adjust action potential timing. Nature Communic 25;6:8073 

3. Stange A, Myoga MH, Lingner A, Ford MC, Alexandrowa O, Felmy F, Pecka M, Siveke I, Grothe B (2013) Adaptation in sound localization: from GABAB receptor-mediated synaptic modulation to perception. Nature Neurosci 16:1840-1847

4. Brand A, Behrend O, Marquardt T, McAlpine D, Grothe B (2002) Precise inhibition is essential for microsecond interaural time difference coding. Nature 417: 543-547 

5. Kapfer C, Seidl AH, Schweizer H, Grothe B (2002) Experience-dependent refinement of inhibitory inputs to auditory coincidence-detector neurons. Nature Neurosci 5: 247-253