Prof. Dr. Harald Luksch
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)
Garrido-Charad, F, Vega-Zuniga, T., Gutiérrez-Ibáñez, C., Fernandez, P., Lopez-Jury, J., González-Cabrera, C., Karten, H.J., Luksch, H., Marin, G.J.: "Shepherd’s crook neurons drive and synchronize the enhancing and suppressive mechanisms of the midbrain stimulus selection network." PNAS 2018 (32), 7615 - 7623.Abstract
Lischka, K., Ladel, S., Luksch, H., Weigel, S.: "Expression patterns of ion channels and structural proteins in a multimodal cell type of the avian optic tectum". J Comp Neurol.; 2018 526, 412-424.Abstract
Schnyder HA, Vanderelst D, Bartenstein S, Firzlaff U, Luksch H.: "The avian head induces cues for sound localization in elevation." PLoS One. 2014; 9(11):e112178.Abstract
Heyers D, Manns M, Luksch H, Güntürkün O, Mouritsen H: “A putative magnetosensory pathway in migratory birds.” PLOS One 2007; 2 (937).Abstract
Luksch H, Khanbabaie R, Wessel R: “Synaptic depression mediates form-cue invariant motion analysis”. Nature Neuroscience. 2004; 7: 380-388.Abstract