Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Harald Luksch



Contact Details

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Luksch (b. 1965) has a background in neurobiology and explores sensory processing in the brains of vertebrates, in particular the midbrain. This area is essential for body orientation and plays a role in functions like the control of eye movements. His goal is to gain a mechanistic understanding of processes such as object selection and the integration of multimodal stimuli and make the findings available as algorithms for technical applications.

After studying biology in Bonn (graduated 1990) and Cologne (doctorate 1994), Prof. Luksch did postdoctoral research in Bremen and San Diego. He did his lecturer qualification at RWTH Aachen (2002) and in 2007 was appointed to the Chair of Zoology at TUM. As a member of the Leonardo da Vinci Bionics Center, he is involved in developing this interdisciplinary institute at TUM. He also plays an active role in the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and the Graduate School for Systemic Neuroscience.

Key Publications (all publications)

Heyers D, Manns M, Luksch H, Güntürkün O, Mouritsen H: “A putative magnetosensory pathway in migratory birds.” PLOS One 2007; 2 (937).


Luksch H, Khanbabaie R, Wessel R: “Synaptic depression mediates form-cue invariant motion analysis”. Nature Neuroscience. 2004; 7: 380-388.


Luksch H: “Cytoarchitecture of the avian optic tectum: Neuronal substrate for cellular computation”. Reviews in the Neurosciences. 2003; 14: 85-106.


Luksch H, Karten HJ, Kleinfeld D, Wessel R: “Chattering and differential signal processing in  identified motion sensitive neurons of parallel visual pathways in chick tectum”. J Neurosci. 2001; 21: 6440 - 6446.


Luksch H, Gauger B, Wagner H: “A Candidate Pathway for a Visual Instructional Signal to the Barn Owl’s Auditory System”. J Neurosci. 2000; 20: 70-74.