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Prof. Dr.
Marlene Bartos

Institute of Physiology
Department of Physiology I
Head of Department (temporary)
Phone: 0049-761-203-5150 research-groups/neural-networks



  • 1994 PhD Faculty of Biology / Technical University of Munich, Institute of  Zoology,  Germany
  • 1995-1998 Postdoctoral Fellow  Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
  • 2009-2010 Personal Chair Medical Faculty, University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences, UK
  • 2009 Lichtenberg Award of the Volkswagenstiftung
  • Since 2010 Full Professor (W3), University of Freiburg,  Institute of Physiology I, Systemic and Cellular Neuroscience Freiburg (SC-Freiburg)
  • Since 2015 Temporary head of Department of Physiology I

Focus of research

  • Neuronal basis of learning and memory
  • Cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying depression and schizophrenia
  • Neuronal plasticity from mechanism to higher brain function

Selected publications

  • Biskamp J, Bartos M, Sauer JF. Organization of prefrontal network activity by respirationrelated oscillations. Sci Rep. 2017; 7:45508.
  • Elgueta C, Köhler J, Bartos M. Persistent discharges in dentate gyrus perisoma-inhibiting interneurons require hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel activation. J Neurosci. 2015; 35:4131-4139.
  • Sauer JF, Strüber M, Bartos M. Impaired fast-spiking interneuron function in a genetic mouse model of depression. eLife 2015; 10.7554/eLife.04979.
  • Strüber M, Jonas P, Bartos M. Strength and duration of perisomatic GABAergic inhibition depend on distance between synaptically connected cells. PNAS USA. 2015; doi:10.1073/pnas.1423628112.
  • Hainmüller T, Krieglstein K, Kulik A, Bartos M. Joint CP-AMPA and group I mGlu receptor activation is required for synaptic plasticity in dentate gyrus fast-spiking interneurons. PNAS USA. 2014; 111:13211-13216.

Research methods

  • 2-Photon in vivo population imaging in behaving mice
  • In vitro whole-cell multiple recordings of synaptically connected neurons
  • Single unit recordings in behaving mice