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Department of Cell Biology

We are a group of electrophysiologists and cell biologists interested in the physiology and pathophysiology of ion channels and network signalling in various tissues like the retina, hippocampus, enteric nervous system and the heart.

In addition we develop novel electrophysiological test systems and biosensors together wit partners in academia and biotechnology.


  • Electrophysiology
  • patch clamp
  • extracellular recordings
  • microelectrode array technology
  • automation
  • cell culturing
  • organotypic cultures (retina, brain)
  • pharmacology

Scientific Cooperations

  • Cooperation 1
    Prof. E. Zrenner, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University Tüebingen
  • Cooperation 2
    Prof. Reto Weiler, Neurobiology, University Oldenburg
  • Cooperation 3
    Prof. Martha Lux-Steiner, Institute for Heterogeneous Material Systems, HZB for Materials and Energy
  • Cooperation 4
    Prof. J. Hescheler, Institute for Neurophysiology, university Cologne
  • Cooperation 5
    Prof. Bill Brunken, Dept. Cell Biology, SUNY, NY, USA

Group Leader

Elke Guenther
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University Tuebingen

Natural and Medical Sciences Institute

Markwiesenstrasse 55
72770 Reutlingen

Phone: +49-(0)7121-5153054
Fax: +49-(0)7121-5153016



Current Research Projects

  • Autonomous Neurochemical implant (artificial retinal synapse)
  • Stem-cell theaphy for Hirschsprung´s disease
  • Human Heart Models
  • Electrophysiological characterisation and pharmacological validation of cell lines stably expressing  ion channel

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