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Harald Luksch

Prof. Dr. Harald Luksch

MCN advisory Board member, GSN core faculty


Chair of Zoology, Technische Universität München


Technische Universität München
Department of Animal Sciences
Liesel-Beckmann-Straße 4
D-85354 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49 (0)81 / 61 71 2800
Fax: +49 (0)81 / 61 71 2801


Further Information

Research focus: Multimodal integration in the vertebrate midbrain, infrared processing in snakes, echolocation in bats, visual and auditory processing in chicken, Evolution of visual system.

Key words: Cellular mechanisms, feedback circuits, multimodal interactions, development neuronal networks, in-vivo recordings, optical imaging, uncaging experiments

Current GSN student: Hamed Yeganegi

Graduated GSN student: Dr. Maximilian Bothe

Selected publications:

Hoffmann S, Vega-Zuniga T, Greiter W, Krabichler Q, Bley A, Matthes M, Zimmer C, Firzlaff U, Luksch H. (2016) Congruent representation of visual and acoustic space in the superior colliculus of the echolocating bat Phyllostomus discolor. Eur J Neurosci. 44(9):2685-2697.

Niederleitner B, Gutierrez-Ibanez C, Krabichler Q, Weigel S, Luksch H. (2016) A novel relay nucleus between the inferior colliculus and the optic tectum in the chicken (Gallus gallus). J Comp Neurol. 525(3):513-534

Schnyder, H.A., Vanderelst, D., Bartenstein, S., Firzlaff, U., Luksch, H. (2014) The Avian Head Induces Cues for Sound Localization in Elevation. PLOS one 12; 9(11): e112178.

Bartenstein, S.K., Gerstenberg, N., Vanderelst, D., Peremans, H. and Firzlaff, U. (2014) Echo-acoustic flow dynamically modifies the cortical map of target range in bats. Nat. Commun. 5:4668

Tobias Kohl, Maximilian S. Bothe, Harald Luksch, Hans Straka and Guido Westhoff (2014) Topographic organization of the primary infrared sensitive nucleus (LTTD) in the western diamondback-rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). J Comp Neurol 522(18):3943-59

Weigel, S., Luksch, H. (2011) Spatiotemporal analysis of electrically evoked activity in the chicken optic tectum - a VSDI study. J Neurophysiol 107: 640-8. -87.

Görlich A, Illy M, Friauf E, Wagner H, Luksch H and Löhrke S. (2010) Development of the delay lines in the nucleus laminaris of the chicken embryo revealed by optical imaging. Neuroscience 168(2): 564-572.

Maier S, Walkowiak W, Luksch H and Endepols H. (2010). An indirect basal ganglia pathway in anuran amphibians? J Chem Neuroanat. 40(1): 21-35.

Kuenzel T, Wirth MJ, Luksch H, Wagner H and Mey J. (2009) Increase of Kv3.1b expression in avian auditory brainstem neurons correlates with synaptogenesis in vivo and in vitro. Brain Research 1302: 64-75.

Shao J, Lai D, Meyer U, Luksch H and Wessel R. (2009) Generating oscillatory bursts from regular spiking neurons without inhibition. Journal of Computational Neuroscience 27(3): 591-606.

Luksch H. (In press) Sensorimotor integration: optic tectum. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 4th Edition, Elsevier.