Priv. Doz. Dr. Thomas Fenzl

Head, Neurobiology of Sleep-Group

Phone: +43-(0)512-507 - 58806
Fax: +43-(0)512-507 - 58899

Short Curriculum
1999 University Regensburg, Diploma in Biology, major field: Zoology
2003 University Munich (LMU), Graduation in Neurobiology
2004 - 2011 Postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich
2007 Member of "Munich Center for Neuroscience - Brain and Mind"
2008 Junior Faculty Member, Graduate School of Neurosciences, Munich
2012 "Habilitation" in Neurobiology, University Munich (LMU)
2011 Faculty Member, LFU Innsbruck

Teaching Professor at DAAD Summer School "Fundamentals in Electrophysiology" at the University Sains, Malaysia (

Stay abroad
1997 Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
2000 Hort and Research Center, Auckland, New Zealand

Additional Education and Awards

2007 - 2011

Training at "Center for Leadership and People Management", LMU Munich

  Graduated in "Profil-excellence in academic teaching", LMU Munich

Graduated in "Leader Curriculum", LMU Munich

2008 - 2010

Graduated in "Teaching excellent", LMU Munich

Teaching grants, Graduate School of Neurosciences, Munich

Teaching Experience
Courses and Lectures:
Animal Physiology, Diversity in Zoology, Fundamentals in Zoology, Zoological Field Trips, Biolgy for Pharmacists, Pharmacological Exercises; Working Techniques in Pharmacy, Data processing in applied Pharmacy

Anxiety and stress research in animal models: hormones, receptros and behaviour; Experimental in vivo electroporation of light-sensitive proteins (chR2); Biological principles of neurological and psychiatric diseases; Advanced Course in biological principles of neurological and psychiatric diseases

Selected Publications

  • Polta S. et al. (2013) Prognostic and symptomatic aspects of rapid eye movement sleep in a mouse model of posttraumatic stress disorder. Front Behav Neurosci 7:60.
  • Stepan J. et al. (2012) Entorhinal theta-frequency input to the dentate gyrus trisinaptically evokes hippocampal CA1 LTP. Front Neurosci 6:64.
  • Fulda S. et al. (2011) Rapid eye movements during sleep in mice: Hight trait-like stability qualifies rapid eye movement density for characterization of phenotypic variation in sleep patterns of rodents. BMC Neuroscience 12:110.
  • Romanowski C.P.N. and Fenzl T. (2009) Automated Sleep Deprivation as a Powerful Tool for Basic Sleep Research in Animal Models of Affective Disorders. In: Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Effects and Treatment. Fulke P. and Vaughan S (eds.), Nova Publishers, New York.
  • Fenzl T. et al. (2007) Fully automated sleep deprivation in mice as a tool in sleep Research.J Neurosci Methods 166:229-235.
  • Fenzl T. and Schuller G. (2005) Echolocation calls and communication calls are controlled differentially in the brainstem of the bat Phyllostomus discolor. BMC Biology 3:17.
  • Fenzl T. and Schuller G. (2002) Periaqueductal gray and the region of the paralemniscal area have different functions in the control of vocalization in the Neotropical bat. Phyllostomus discolor. Eur J Neurosci 16:1974-1986.
  • Sierwald P. and Fenzl T. (1999) Argyrodes in webs of the floridian red widow spider (Araneae: Therediidae). Florida Entomologist 82(2):359-361.


The present research in our group addresses two major fields

  • Towards face and construct validity of sleep behavior in animal models of anxiety and MSA.
  • Neuronal mechanisms of anesthetic-induced transitions


  • Electrophysiology
  • EEG, EMG and LFP recordings
  • Temporal and spectral sleep analyses
  • Behavioral analyses
  • Temporal and spectral sleep analyses
  • Wide range of established signal-analytical methods
  • Optogenetics: Light-induced stimulation/inhibition of sleep/wake relevant and anxiety-relevant neuronal populations


Present Cooperations:

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