PD Dr. rer. nat. Matthias Kirsch

Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Neuroanatomy

Albertstraße 23
D - 79104 Freiburg

+49 761 203 5381



2001Habilitation in Anatomy
Since 1992Research Scientist and Group Leader, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Dept. Neuroanatomy, Univ. Freiburg, Germany.
1989 - 1992Postdoctoral fellow at the Dept. Molecular and Cell Biology, Univ. California Berkeley/USA
1989PhD, Faculty of Biology, Univ. Marburg, Germany: The role of dopamine in the teleost retina.
1987Visiting fellow at the Imperial College, London, UK.
1985Diploma, Faculty of Biology, Univ. Marburg, Germany.
1978-85Study of Biology at Univ. Ulm and Marburg, Germany.


1989 - 1992UC-California-/DFG-Fellowship
1999 - 2001DFG-Habilitation-Stipend

Other Qualifications

Since 1992Reviewer for Neuroscience, Experimental Brain Research, European Journal of Neuroscience, Brain Research, Anatomy and Embryology, Cell and Tissue Research, Investigative Ophthalmology, Visual Neuroscience, Neuroscience
Reviewer for DFG, Swiss Science Foundation, Velux Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Giannaki M, Schrödl-Häußel M, Khakipoor S, Kirsch M, Roussa E. STAT3-dependent regulation of the electrogenic Na+/HCO3–cotransporter 1 (NBCe1) functional expression in cortical astrocytes. J Cell Physiol. 2021; 236(3):2036-2050. doi:10.1002/jcp.29990.
  • Donkels C, Peters M, Fariña Núñez MT, Nakagawa JM, Kirsch M, Vlachos A, Scheiwe C, Schulze-Bonhage A, Prinz M, Beck J, Haas CA. Oligodendrocyte lineage and myelination are compromised in the gray matter of focal cortical dysplasia type IIa. Epilepsia. 2020; 1(1):171-184. doi: 10.1111/epi.16415.
  • Böhm T, Joseph K, Kirsch M, Moroni R, Hilger A, Osenberg M, Manke I, Johnston M, Stieglitz T, Hofmann UG, Haas CA, Thiele S. Quantitative synchrotron X-ray tomography of the material-tissue interface in rat cortex implanted with neural probes. Sci Rep. 2019; 9(1):7646. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42544-9.
  • Fuhrer E, Bäcker A, Kraft S, Gruhl FJ, Kirsch M, MacKinnon N, Korvink JG, Sharma S. 3D Carbon Scaffolds for Neural Stem Cell Culture and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Adv Healthc Mater. 2018; 7(4). doi: 10.1002/adhm.201700915.
  • Karout M, Miesch M, Geoffroy P, Kraft S, Hofmann HD, Mensah-Nyagan AG, Kirsch M. Novel analogs of allopregnanolone show improved efficiency and specificity in neuroprotection and stimulation of proliferation. J Neurochem. 2016; 139(5):782-794. doi: 10.1111/jnc.13693.


  • Hofmann HD, Kirsch M. JAK2-STAT3 signaling: A novel function and a novel mechanism. JAKSTAT. 2012; 1(3):191-3. doi: 10.4161/jkst.20446.

Book Chapters

  • Wagner HJ, Kirsch M, Douglas RH. Light-dependent and endogenous circadian control of adaptation in teleost retinae. In: Rhythms in Fishes. M. A. Ali, ed., Plenum Press (1992), pp255-291.
  • Hofmann HD, Schulz-Key S, Hertle D, Kirsch M. Organotypic Cultures of the Rat Retina In: New Methods for Culturing Cells from Nervous Tissues. P. Poindron, P. Piguet, E. Förster, eds. BioValley Monogr., Karger (2005), pp58-73.