PhD (Dr.) Louis Hilfiger

Diamond-based quantum sensors

Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Neuroanatomy

Albertstraße 23
D - 79104 Freiburg

+49 761 203 8424



Since 2023Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Freiburg
2019 – 2022Ph.D in Neurosciences “Characterization of new analgesic compounds; oxytocin mimetics and terpenes" BenePhyt, Institute of Cellular and Integrative Neuroscience, CNRS, University of Strasbourg, France
2016 – 2018Master in Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences, Strasbourg University, France
2013 – 2016Bachelor in Cell Biology and Organisms Physiology, Strasbourg University, France

Other Qualifications

2019Licensed for Animal Handling (according to FELASA-Cat. B)

Selected Publications

  • Iwasaki M*, Lefevre A*, Althammer F*, Clauss-Creusot E*, Lapies O, Petitjean H, Hilfiger L, Kerspern D, Melchior M, Küppers S, Krablicher Q, Patwell R, Kania A, Kirchner M.K, Wimmer M, Fröhlich H, Dötsch L, Schimmer J, Herpertz S.C, Ditzen B, Schaaf C.P, Schoenig K, Bartsch D, Gugula A, Trenk A, Blasiak A, Stern J.E, Darbon P, Grinevich V, Charlet A. (2023). An analgesic pathway from parvocellular oxytocin neurons to the periaqueductal gray in rats. Nature Communications. 10.1038/s41467-023-36641-7
  • Hilfiger L*, Triaux Z*, Marcic C, Héberlé E, Emhemmed F, Darbon P, Marchioni E, Petitjean H, Charlet A. (2021). Anti-hyperalgesic Properties of Menthol and Pulegone. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 10.3389/fphar.2021.753873
  • Tang Y*, Benusiglio D*, Lefevre A*, Hilfiger L*, Althammer F, Bludau A, Hagiwara D, Baudon A, Darbon P, Schimmer J, Kirchner M.K, Roy R.K, Wang S, Eliava M, Wagner S, Oberhuber M, Conzelmann K.K, Schwarz M, Stern J.E, Leng G, Neumann I.D, Charlet A, Grinevich V. (2020). Social touch promotes interfemale communication via activation of parvocellular oxytocin neurons. Nature Neuroscience. 10.1038/s41593-020-0674-y
  • Hilfiger L, Zhao Q, Kerspern D, Inquimbert P, Andry V, Goumon Y, Darbon P, Hibert M, Charlet A. (2020). A Nonpeptide Oxytocin Receptor Agonist for a Durable Relief of Inflammatory Pain. Scientific Reports. 10.1038/s41598-020-59929-w


  • Petitjean H*, Héberlé E*, Hilfiger L, Lapies O, Rodrigue G, Charlet A. (2022). TRP channels and monoterpenes: Past and current leads on analgesic properties. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience. 10.3389/fnmol.2022.945450