Structure of Cortical Functional Units

Professor Joachim Lübke, Ph.D.
Head of Division

Structure of Cortical Functional Units

contact Administrative Office
Pauwelsstraße 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany
phone: +49 241 80-89640
fax:      +49 241 80-82422

The working group investigates structural and functional aspects of synaptic transmission and plasticity at the level of neural networks, synapses and neurotransmitter receptors. The team uses three-dimensional models to show, quantify and compare the subcellular structure of individual synapses. These models, along with density maps of different neurotransmitter receptors, should help to shed light on how various central synapses function in normal and pathologically altered brains. The group collaborates with other working groups at Forschungszentrum Jülich within the JARA-BRAIN research alliance.

Prof. Lübke also works at the Institute of Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Molecular organization of the brain (INM-2) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, where he heads the Structure of synapses working group.

Contact at Forschungszentrum Jülich:
Phone: +49 2461 61 2288
fax: +49 2461 61 1778


  • Abt. Zellphysiologie, Max-Planck-Institut für medizinische Forschung, Heidelberg
    (Prof. Dr. Bert Sakmann)
  • Institut für Pharmakologie, Medizinische Universität Innsbruck
    ( Prof. Francesco Ferraguti)
  • Department of Physiology, Northwestern University Chicago
    (Prof. Gianmaria Maccaferi)
  • School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Northern Ireland, Coloraine
    (Dr. Kurt Sätzler)
  • Anatomisches Institut, Universität LaLaguna, Teneriffa
    (Prof. Dr. Gundela Meyer)
  • Physiologisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    (Prof. Peter Jonas)
  • Department of Physiology, University of Colorado, Denver
    (Prof. Dr. Bill Betz)
  • Department of Physiology, Laval University Quebec
    (Prof. Katalin Toth)
  • MRC Unit for Neuropharmacology, University of Oxford
    (Prof. Peter Somogyi)
  • Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik sowie
    Institut für Neurowissenschaften und Medizin INM-2, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    (Prof. Dirk Feldmeyer)

Publications of Professor Joachim Lübke, Ph.D.