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Andreas Reichenbach

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Andreas Reichenbach is the head of the department of Pathophysiology of Glia at Paul Flechsig Institute of Brain Research, University of Leipizg.

Short CV

  • born 1950, married, two daughters
  • studies of medicine in Leipzig, 1968-1976
  • postdoc and senior researcher at Carl Ludwig Institute for Physiology, Leipzig University, 1976-1994
  • head of Dept. Neurophysiology (now: Pathophysiology of Glia) at Paul Flechsig Institute of Brain Research, since 1994
  • 2006: member of the Saxionian Academy of Sciences

Scientifc Interest

The function of Müller (radial glial) cells in the development, normal functioning, and pathology of the retina. Biomechanical and optical properties of retinal cells. Comparative structure and function of vertebrate retinae


  • ARVO
  • Deutsche Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
  • Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft
  • Saxionian Academy of Sciences (since 2006)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach
Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach

Research Group

Department of Pathophysiology of Glia

Paul Flechsig Institute of Brain Research
Universität Leipzig


Department of Pathophysiology of Glia
Paul Flechsig Institute of Brain Research
Universität Leipzig 

Prof. Dr. Andreas Reichenbach
Jahnallee 59
D-04109 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341-9725731
Fax: +49 341-9725739


Key Publications

  • Franze K, Grosche J, Skatchkov SN, Schinkinger S, Foja C, Schild D, Uckermann O, Travis K, Reichenbach A, Guck J:
    Müller cells are living optical fibers in the vertebrate retina. PNAS 104 (2007) 8287-8292
  • Lu Y, Franze K, Seifert G, Steinhäuser C, Kirchhoff F, Wolburg H, Guck J, Janmey P, Käs J, Reichenbach A:
    Viscoelastic properties of individual glial cells and neurons in the CNS. PNAS 103 (2006) 17759-17764.
  • Pannicke, T., Iandiev, I., Wurm, A., Uckermann, O., vom Hagen, F., Reichenbach, A., Wiedemann, P., Hammes, H.-P., and Bringmann, A.,
    Diabetes alters osmotic swelling characteristics and membrane conductance of glial cells in rat retina. Diabetes 55: 633 – 639 (2006)
  • Bringmann, A., Pannicke, T., Grosche, J., Francke, M., Wiedemann, P., Skatchkov, S. N., Osborne, N.N., and Reichenbach, A.,
    Müller cells in the healthy and diseased retina. Prog. Retin. Eye Res. 25: 397 – 424 (2006)
  • Uckermann, O., Vargova, L., Ulbricht, E., Klaus, C., Weick, M., Rillich, K., Wiedemann, P., Reichenbach, A., Syková, E., and Bringmann, A.,
    Glutamate-evoked alterations of glial and neuronal cell morphology in the guinea-pig retina. J. Neurosci. 24: 10149 – 10158 (2004)
  • Lundkvist, A., Reichenbach, A., Betsholtz, C., Carmeliet, P., Wolburg, H., and Pekny, M.,
    Under stress, the absence of intermediate filaments from Müller cells in the retina has structural and functional consequences. J. Cell Sci. 117: 3481 – 3488 (2004)
  • Dalloz, C., Sarig, R., Fort, P., Yaffe, D., Bordais, A., Pannicke, T., Grosche, J., Reichenbach, A., Sahel, J., Nudel, U., and Rendon, A.,
    Targeted inactivation of dystro¬phin gene product Dp71: phenotypic impact in mouse retina. Human Mol. Genet. 12: 1543 – 1554 (2003)
  • Pannicke, T., Fischer, W., Biedermann, B., Schadlich, H., Grosche, J., Faude, F., Wiedemann, P., Allgaier, C., Illes, P., Burnstock, G., and Reichenbach, A.,
    P2X7 recep¬tors in Müller glial cells from the human retina. J. Neurosci. 20: 5965 – 5972 (2000)
  • Grosche, J., Matyash, V., Moller, T., Verkhratsky, A., and Reichenbach, A., and Ketten¬mann, H.,
    Microdomains for neuron-glia interaction: parallel fiber signaling to Berg¬mann glial cells. Nat. Neurosci. 2: 139 – 143 (1999)
  • Newman, E. A. and Reichenbach, A.,
    The Müller cell: a functional element of the retina. Trends Neurosci. 19: 307 – 312 (1996)

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