Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Michael Schemann



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Schemann’s (b. 1956) research focuses on the neural regulation of gastrointestinal functions. With the aid of ultrafast imaging, he investigates the neurophysiology and neuropharmacology of the human enteric nervous system. As well as exploring basic neurobiological issues, he also examines the role of the enteric nervous system in the pathogenesis of functional and inflammatory diseases of the gut. Another aspect of his work involves identifying new targets to treat these diseases. After studying agricultural biology, Prof. Schemann did his doctorate (1985) and lecturer qualification (1990) at the University of Hohenheim. During that time, a German Research Foundation grant enabled him to work at Ohio State University, USA. He received a Heisenberg grant to work at the Max Planck Institute for Physiological and Clinical Research in Bad Nauheim. In 1994, he became professor of vegetative physiology at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover. Since 2002, he has been full professor of human biology at TUM. Prof. Schemann is a member of the editorial board of Gastroenterology and Gut.


  • Martin Wienbeck-Preis (2012)
  • 1st ANMS Tripuraneni Oration Award (2010)
  • AGA Fellow (2009)
  • Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften Bologna (2006)
  • 5th Janssen Research Award (2001)

Key Publications

Mazzuoli G, Schemann M: “Multifunctional rapidly adapting mechanosensitive enteric neurons (RAMEN) in the myenteric plexus of the guinea pig ileum”. J. Physiol. 2009; 587: 4681-4694.


Buhner S, Li Q, Vignali S, Barbara G, De Giorgio R, Stanghellini V, Cremon C, Zeller F, Langer R, Daniel H, Michel K, Schemann M: “Activation of human enteric neurons by supernatants of colonic biopsy specimens from patients with irritable bowel syndrome”. Gastroenterology. 2009; 137: 1425-1434.


Schicho R, Krueger D, Zeller F, Von Weyhern CW, Frieling T, Kimura H, Ishii I, De Giorgio R, Campi B, Schemann M: “Hydrogen sulfide is a novel prosecretory neuromodulator in the Guinea-pig and human colon”. Gastroenterology. 2006; 131: 1542-1552.


Schneider J, Jehle EC, Starlinger MJ, Neunlist M, Michel K, Hoppe S, Schemann M: “Neurotransmitter coding of enteric neurones in the submucous plexus is changed in non-inflamed rectum of patients with Crohn's disease”. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2001; 13: 255-264.


Schemann M, Ehrlein HJ: “Postprandial patterns of canine jejunal motility and transit of luminal content”. Gastroenterology. 1986; 90: 991-1000.