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Dr. Holger Taschenberger
Department of Membrane Biophysics
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Am Fassberg 11
Telephone: ++49(551)201-1668
Fax: ++49(551)201-1688
Email: Holger.Taschenberger@mpi-bpc.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae:

born on March 2nd, 1966 in Greifswald, Germany.
married to Grit Taschenberger, PhD, 3 children (Linda, Jan and Til)
1986 - 1990 Study of Biology at the University Leipzig, Germany
1990 - 1991 Diploma in Biology
1992 - 1995 PhD student at Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry Martinsried (now Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology), Germany
1996 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Physiology (now Institute of Neurophysiology) Charité Berlin, Germany
1999 - 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vollum Institute Portland, OR, USA
2002 - Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany


  1. Taschenberger H, Roy BL, Lowe DA (1992) Effects of a metabotropic glutamate agonist, trans-ACPD, on cortical epileptiform activity. Neuroreport 3:629-632. PubMed link
  2. Guenther E, Rothe T, Taschenberger H, Grantyn R (1994) Separation of calcium currents in retinal ganglion cells from postnatal rat. Brain Res 633:223-235. PubMed link
  3. Grantyn R, Kraszewski K, Melnick I, Taschenberger H, Warton SS (1995) In vitro development of vertebrate central synapses. Perspect Dev Neurobiol 2:387-397. PubMed link
  4. Taschenberger H, Grantyn R (1995) Several types of Ca2+ channels mediate glutamatergic synaptic responses to activation of single Thy-1-immunolabeled rat retinal ganglion neurons. J Neurosci 15:2240-2254. PubMed link
  5. Taschenberger H, Engert F, Grantyn R (1995) Synaptic current kinetics in a solely AMPA-receptor-operated glutamatergic synapse formed by rat retinal ganglion neurons. J Neurophysiol 74:1123-1136. PubMed link
  6. Taschenberger H, Grantyn R (1998) Interaction of calcium-permeable non-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor channels with voltage-activated potassium and calcium currents in rat retinal ganglion cells in vitro. Neuroscience 84:877-896. PubMed link
  7. Taschenberger H, Jüttner R, Grantyn R (1999) Ca2+-permeable P2X receptor channels in cultured rat retinal ganglion cells. J Neurosci 19:3353-3366. PubMed link
  8. Taschenberger H, von Gersdorff H (2000) Fine-tuning an auditory synapse for speed and fidelity: developmental changes in presynaptic waveform, EPSC kinetics, and synaptic plasticity. J Neurosci 20:9162-9173. PubMed link
  9. Taschenberger H, Leao RM, Rowland KC, Spirou GA, von Gersdorff H (2002) Optimizing synaptic architecture and efficiency for high-frequency transmission. Neuron 36:1127-1143. PubMed link
  10. Palmer MJ, Taschenberger H, Hull C, Tremere L, von Gersdorff H (2003) Synaptic activation of presynaptic glutamate transporter currents in nerve terminals. J Neurosci 23:4831-4841. PubMed link
  11. Kushmerick C, Price GD, Taschenberger H, Puente N, Renden R, Wadiche JI, Duvoisin RM, Grandes P, von Gersdorff H (2004) Retroinhibition of presynaptic Ca2+ currents by endocannabinoids released via postsynaptic mGluR activation at a calyx synapse. J Neurosci 24:5955-5965. PubMed link
  12. Leao RM, Kushmerick C, Pinaud R, Renden R, Li GL, Taschenberger H, Spirou G, Levinson SR, von Gersdorff H (2005) Presynaptic Na+ channels: locus, development, and recovery from inactivation at a high-fidelity synapse. J Neurosci 25:3724-3738. PubMed link
  13. Renden R, Taschenberger H, Puente N, Rusakov DA, Duvoisin R, Wang LY, Lehre KP, von Gersdorff H (2005) Glutamate transporter studies reveal the pruning of metabotropic glutamate receptors and absence of AMPA receptor desensitization at mature calyx of held synapses. J Neurosci 25:8482-8497. PubMed link
  14. Taschenberger H, Scheuss V, Neher E (2005) Release kinetics, quantal parameters and their modulation during short-term depression at a developing synapse in the rat CNS. J Physiol 568:513-537. PubMed link
  15. Erazo-Fischer E, Striessnig J, Taschenberger H (2007) The role of physiological afferent nerve activity during in vivo maturation of the calyx of Held synapse. J Neurosci 27:1725-1737. PubMed link
  16. Scheuss V, Taschenberger H, Neher E (2007) Kinetics of both synchronous and asynchronous quantal release during trains of action potential-evoked EPSCs at the rat calyx of Held. J Physiol 585:361-381. PubMed link
  17. Wang LY, Neher E, Taschenberger H (2008) Synaptic vesicles in mature calyx of Held synapses sense higher nanodomain calcium concentrations during action potential-evoked glutamate release. J Neurosci 28:14450-14458. PubMed link