Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Susanne Schreiber

Humboldt University of Berlin

Focus of the Commitment in the German Ethics Council

  • Social implications of modern biological research
  • Neurosciences
  • Benefits of mathematical modelling in the life sciences

Born in 1976

Professional Background

  • Since 2015 Professor for Theoretical Neurophysiology at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2009-2014 Head of Research Group and since 2010 Junior Professor for Computational Neurophysiology at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2004-2008 Research Assistant at the Charité Berlin
  • 2004 Doctorate in Theoretical Biophysics
  • 2001-2002 Sloan-Swartz Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla (USA)
  • 1999-2000 Research stay at the University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 1995-2000 Study of Biophysics at the Humboldt University of Berlin


  • Since April 2020 Member of the German Ethics Council and Vice-Chair of the Council
  • Chairperson of the Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience
  • Scholar in the FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence
  • Member of the steering committee of the Bernstein Center Berlin
  • Member of the Academic Senate of the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Member of the Neuroscience Society, the ProFiL Network Association and the Genshagener Kreis


  • 2019 ERC Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council
  • 2008-2010 Fast Track Scholarship of the Robert Bosch Foundation
  • 2008 Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience
  • 2007 Award of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme and the Christiane Nüsslein Volhard Foundation
  • 2002-2004 Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 2001-2002 Sloan-Swartz Fellow
  • 2001-2002 Scholarship of the Daimler and Benz Foundation

Publications (Selection)

  • Pfeiffer, P. et al. (2020): Clusters of cooperative ion channels enable a membrane-potential-based mechanism for short-term memory. In: Elife 2020, 9, e49974.
  • Remme, M. W. H.; Rinzel, J.; Schreiber, S. (2018): Function and energy consumption constrain neuronal biophysics in a canonical computation: Coincidence detection. In: PLoS Computational Biology, 14 (12), e1006612.
  • Hesse, J.; Schleimer, J.-H.; Schreiber, S. (2017): Qualitative changes in phase-response curve and synchronization at the saddle-node loop bifurcation. In: Physical Review E, 95, 052203.
  • Wilmes, K. A.; Sprekeler, H.; Schreiber, S. (2016): Inhibition as a binary switch for excitatory plasticity in pyramidal neurons. In: PLoS Computational Biology, 12 (3), e1004768.
  • Hesse, J.; Schreiber, S. (2015): Externalization of neuronal somata as an evolutionary strategy for energy economization. In: Current Biology, 25 (8), R324-R325.
  • Roemschied, F. A. et al. (2014): Cell-intrinsic mechanisms of temperature compensation in a grasshopper sensory receptor neuron. In: Elife 2014, 3, e02078.