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Johannes J. Letzkus

Prof. Dr.
Principal Investigator

University of Freiburg
Department for Physiology
Institute of Physiology I

Hermann-Herder-Str. 7
79104 Freiburg


2008 Ph.D. in Medial Sciences at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
2007-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow and Independent SNSF Ambizione Investigator at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
2013 ERC Starting Grant, Pfizer Prize, Frutiger Foundation University Prize
2013-2020 Max-Planck Research Group Leader at the MPI for Brain Research, Frankfurt/Main
Since 2020 DFG Heisenberg Professorship at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg

Further CV details

Focus of research

  • Neuronal Circuits underlying memory and attention
  • Foundations of (mal)adaptive fear memory in neocortex
  • The neocortical inhibitory system in rodents and humans