Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Vlachos

Head of Department

Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Neuroanatomy

Albertstraße 17
D - 79104 Freiburg

+49 761 203 5056
+49 761 203 5054



2001-2008Studies of human medicine at the University of Frankfurt
2006Research at the Department for Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
2008-2016Doctorate, postdoc, group leader, and habilitation for Anatomy, Institute for Clinical Neuroanatomy, Dr. Senkenbergische Anatomie, University of Frankfurt, Germany
2016-2017Associate Professor, Institute for Anatomy II, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Since 2017Full Professor, Head of Department, Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Freiburg

Research Fields

  • Role of associative and homeostatic structure-function relations in central nervous system under physiological and pathological conditions
  • Microglia and cytokine-mediated synaptic plasticity
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of non-invasive brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and its impact on internal world models
  • Restorative and Regenerative Neuromodulation

Selected publications

  • Eichler A, Kleidonas D, Turi Z, Fliegauf M, Kirsch M, Pfeifer D, Masuda T, Prinz M, Lenz M, Vlachos A. (2023) Microglia cytokines mediate plasticity induced by 10 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. J Neurosci. 43:3042-3060.
  •  Kleidonas D, Kirsch M, Andrieux G, Pfeifer D, Boerries M, Vlachos A. (2023) Microglia modulate TNFa-mediated synaptic plasticity. Glia. 71:2117-2136.
  • Lenz M, Kruse P, Eichler A, Straehle J, Beck J, Deller T, Vlachos A. (2021) All-trans retinoic acid induces synaptic plasticity in human cortical neurons. Elife. 10:e63026.
  • Galanis C, Fellenz M, Becker D, Bold C, Lichtenthaler SF, Müller UC, Deller T, Vlachos A. (2021) Amyloid-Beta Mediates Homeostatic Synaptic Plasticity. Neurosci.  14:1470-1482.
  • Lenz M, Galanis C, Müller-Dahlhaus F, Opitz A, Wierenga CJ, Szabó G, Ziemann U, Deller T, Funke K, Vlachos A. (2016) Repetitive magnetic stimulation induces plasticity of inhibitory synapses. Nat Commun. 7:10020.
  • Vlachos A, Ikenberg B, Lenz M, Becker D, Reifenberg K, Bas Orth C, Deller T. (2013) Synaptopodin regulates denervation-induced homeostatic synaptic plasticity. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 110:8242-7.
  • Vlachos A, Reddy-Alla S, Papadopoulos T, Deller T, Betz H. (2013) Homeostatic regulation of gephyrin scaffolds and synaptic strength at mature hippocampal GABAergic postsynapses. Cereb Cortex. 23:2700-11.
  • Vlachos A, Müller-Dahlhaus F, Rosskopp J, Lenz M, Ziemann U, Deller T. (2012) Repetitive magnetic stimulation induces functional and structural plasticity of excitatory postsynapses in mouse organotypic hippocampal slice cultures. J Neurosci. 32:17514-23.