Research Interests

Juniorprof. Dr. Andreas Reiner, Cellular Neurobiology,
Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology

We focus on glutamate receptor signaling. Glutamate receptors (GluRs) play a key role in the central nervous system, where they pass excitatory signals across synapses and modulate synaptic strength and plasticity. We apply and develop new optical techniques to study these processes with high spatio-temporal resolution, as well as molecular and cellular specificity.

An important part of our toolset are chemical photoswitches (photoswitchable ligands), which allow us to activate or inhibit specific iGluRs or mGluRs with light. This constitutes a powerful technique, which we use for mechanistic, pharmacological and optogenetic studies.