The research group was established in 2018/19 and applies neurobiological methods to reveal particular interplays between sleep and anesthesia.

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In our research group we connect our knowledge and experimental expertise about sleep and the clinical knowledge about anesthesiology. We apply modern methods from neurobiological research and in vivo electrophysiology with neuro-ethological experiments.

Present Scientists:

  • Assoc. Prof. Thomas Fenzl, Biology (Group leader)
  • Dr. med. vet. Claudia Kopp (Post Doc)
  • Dr. med. David Obert (Post Doc)
  • Leesa Joyce (PhD Student)
  • David Killing (PhD Student)
  • Tom Happe (PhD Student)
  • Alp Altunkaya (Master Student)
  • Marie Engl (Bachelor Student)
  • Isabelle Yogeshwar (Bachelor Student)
  • Lena Gissibl (Bachelor Student)
  • Ann-Marie Wintergerst (Bachelor Student)
  • Dorothea Louise Rechmann (Bachelor Student)
  • Minh Nguyen (Bachelor Student)
  • Horst Üblacker (Bachelor Student)
  • Larissa Dillmann (Internship, Biomedical Neuroscience)


Research focus:

  • Preoperative EEG-biomarker during sleep to evaluate cognitive deficits after general anesthesia in Alzheimer´s disease.
  • Systemic interactions between sleep and anesthesia.
  • Fundamental systemic studies on the neurobiology of loss and recovery of consciousness in the framework of a general anesthesia.
  • Interactions between preoperative anxiety, anesthesia and postoperative delir.


Internal and external scientific co-operations:


Prof. Gerhard Schneider, apl. Prof. Gerhard Rammes, PD Dr. Stephan Kratzer und apl. Prof. Dr. Rainer Haseneder, Dipl. Ing. Sebastian Berger, Dr. Matthias Kreuzer: Klinik für Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin, TU München
Eva-Maria Fritz: Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck
Prof. Nadia Stefanova: Medical University Innsbruck
Prof. Ludwig Aigner: Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität, Salzburg
Prof. Helmuth Adelsberger: Institut of Neuroscience, TU München
Prof. Chadi Touma: Institut für Verhaltensbiologie, Universität Osnabrück

Teaching/Graduate Schools:


Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience (GSN)(link is external)
Munic Center for Neurosciences – Brain and Mind (MCN-LMU)(link is external)
LMU: Fakultät für Biologie(link is external)
Elite Graduate Program Biomedical Neuroscience
TUM PREP Researcher
TUM Kolleg Teacher(link is external)

Seminars and Lectures:

  • Neurobiology of Sleep
  • Zoology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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