UCL Division of Biosciences

Prof Andreas Schaefer

Prof Andreas Schaefer

Professor of Neuroscience

Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2013

Research summary

Understanding how complex behaviour emerges from the properties of molecules, cells and ensembles of cells is one of the key challenges in neuroscience. We try to tackle this question employing the olfactory system of mice as a model system whilst developing behavioural and electrophysiological tools.

To understand how smells are processed we modify specific selected brain areas - in particular the olfactory bulb - using transgenic mice, pharmacological tools or targeted virus injections. We then probe how these specific modifications alter the neural networks and the resulting cellular function and physiology in vivo and in vitro. Ultimately, we perform quantitative behavioural tasks in such modified mice.

Combining these genetic, physiological and behavioural techniques with computational modelling approaches we aim to elucidate the cellular basis of olfactory behaviour and ultimately more general complex behaviours.


Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004


Since 2013 I am a Professor of Neuroscience at University College London and a Program Leader at the National Institute for Medical Research, now the Francis Crick Institute, Mill Hill Laboratory. Previously, I was appointed Professor of Neuroanatomy at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Heidelberg, group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg and a BBSRC David-Phillips fellow at UCL.