Prof. Dr. Susanne Schreiber
Head of research group

phone: +49-(0)30-2093-98405
email: s.schreiber :AT:

“Be passionate about something and lean to that strength.”
|Michelle Obama


Aiming to apply mathematical approaches to biological questions, I studied biophysics at Humboldt University Berlin. Soon I discovered that neurons and their biophysics are highly interesting. My first hands-on encounter with neuroscience research was during my Diploma thesis in the lab of Simon Laughlin at the University of Cambridge, where I explored the optimal number of stochastic ion channels a cell should be equipped with for an energy-efficient relay of information. For the first half of my PhD, I joined the lab of Terry Sejnowski at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla as a doctoral Sloan-Swartz Fellow. Combining projects from both labs for the thesis, I completed the dissertation in Berlin in the lab of Andreas Herz. In 2008 I received the Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience which allowed me to found my own computational neurophysiology lab at Humboldt-University Berlin, where I was tenured in 2015 and became Einstein professor in 2021. My lab investigates principles of neural computation combining a biophysical and an evolutionary perspective. I chair the Bernstein Network for Computational Neuroscience in Germany (since 2019) and am Vice Chair of the German Ethics Council (since 2020).