Jun. Prof. Dr. Christian Henneberger

Assistant professor

Mailing Address:

Glial and neuronal plasticity group,
Institute of Cellular Neurosciences,
University of Bonn, Medical Center,
Sigmund-Freud Str. 25,
53105 Bonn/Germany


+49-228 287 16304; +49-228 287 19121



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1996 – 2003 MD, Humboldt University and Freie Universität, Berlin
2003 Doctoral thesis, Prof. R. Grantyn, Department of Physiology, Charité, Berlin

Academic Career

2003 – 2006 Postdoctoral fellow, Prof. R. Grantyn, Developmental Neurophysiology, Charité- Universitätsmedizin Berlin
2006 – 2010 Postdoctoral fellow, Prof. D. A. Rusakov, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London, UK
Since 2010 UCL Excellence fellow, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK
Since 2011 Assistant professor (NRW-Rückkehrergruppe), University of Bonn

Awards and Honors

1999 – 2003 Scholarship of the “Studienstiftung”
2003 Award of a ‘Summa cum laude’ for MD thesis work
2010 University College London Excellence Bridging Award
2011 Career development grant (NRW-Rückkehrerförderung)

Most important publications

  1. Anders S, Minge D, Griemsmann S, Herde MK, Steinhäuser C, Henneberger C. (2014) Spatial properties of astrocyte gap junction coupling in the rat hippocampus. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 369(1654): 20130600.
  2. Rusakov DA, Bard L, Stewart MG, Henneberger C. (2014) Diversity of astroglial functions alludes to subcellular specialisation. Trends in Neurosciences, doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2014.02.008.
  3. Scott R*, Henneberger C*, Padmashri R*, Anders S, Jensen T, Rusakov DA. (2014) Neuronal adaptation rapidly expands the initiation site of action potentials also decelerating them. Nat. Commun., 5: 3817. (* equal contribution)
  4. Davydova D, Marini C, King C, Klueva J, Bischof F, Romorini S, Montenegro-Venegas C, Heine M,  Schneider R, Schröder MS, Altrock WD, Henneberger C, Rusakov DA, Gundelfinger ED, Fejtova A.  (2014) Bassoon specifically controls presynaptic P/Q-type Ca2+ channels via RIM-binding protein. Neuron, 82(1): 181-194.
  5. Henneberger C*, Rusakov DA. (2012). Monitoring local synaptic activity with astrocytic patch pipettes. Nat. Protoc., 7: 2171–2179. (* correspondence)
  6. Henneberger C, Papouin T, Oliet SHR, Rusakov DA. (2010). Long-term potentiation depends on release of d-serine from astrocytes. Nature, 463: 232-236.
  7. Kochlamazashvili G*, Henneberger C*, Bukalo O*, Dvoretskova E, Senkov O, Lievens PM, Westenbroek R, Engel AK, Catterall WA, Rusakov DA, Schachner M, Dityatev A. (2010) The Extracellular Matrix Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Regulates Hippocampal Synaptic Plasticity by Modulating Postsynaptic L-Type Ca2+ Channels. Neuron, 67: 116-128. (* equal contribution)
  8. Henneberger C, Redman SJ, Grantyn R. (2007) Cortical efferent control of subcortical sensory neurons by synaptic disinhibition. Cereb. Cortex, 17(9): 2039-2049 (IF 8.31).
  9. Meier JC, Henneberger C, Melnick I, Racca C, Harvey RJ, Heinemann U, Schmieden V, Grantyn R. (2005) RNA editing produces glycine receptor alpha3(P185L), resulting in high agonist potency. Nat. Neurosci., 8: 736-744
  10. Henneberger C, Jüttner R, Rothe T, Grantyn R. (2002) Postsynaptic action of BDNF on GABAergic synaptic transmission in the superficial layers of the mouse superior colliculus. J. Neurophysiol., 88: 595-603.