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Prof. Dr. Thomas Misgeld

Chair for Biomolecular Sensors


TU Munich, Institute of Neuronal Cell Biology


Institute of Neuronal Cell Biology, TUM
Biedersteiner Str. 29
D-80802 Munich

Phone: +49 (89) 4140 - 3512
Fax: +49 (89) 4140 - 3352


Research Focus

The Misgeld lab uses in vivo imaging methods (ranging from wide-field time-lapse to two-photon microscopy) to study the development and degeneration of neurons and their processes. Specifically we are interested in how neurons use their own cell biological machinery – such as axonal transport – to maintain homeostasis in conditions of developmental remodeling or disease-related stress. At the same time, we try to understand how this intrinsic regulation is integrated with the support by glial cells that surround every axon and synapse. The models we use are transgenic mice that express fluorescent proteins in cells and organelles of the nervous system. Additionally, a second team in the lab (Godinho) has added zebrafish to our technical spectrum, a species that is particularly suitable for in vivo imaging. Projects will focus on time-lapse recordings of neuronal and glial behaviour either during development or in spinal cord pathologies, such as trauma or neuroinflammation.

For background reading, please refer to: Kerschensteiner M et al., Nat Med 2005; Misgeld T and Kerschensteiner M, Nat Rev Neurosci 2006; Misgeld T et al., Nat Meth 2007; Godinho et al., Neuron 2007; Nikic et al., Nat Med 2011.

Primary Technique(s): in vivo imaging

Model Organism(s): mouse, zebrafish