Prof. Dr. Robert J. Kittel

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Kittel


Tier- und Verhaltensphysiologie
Talstraße 33, Room 271
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 36841
Fax: +49 341 97 - 36848

Professional career

  • since 04/2018
    Chair, Department of Animal Physiology, Institute of Biology, Leipzig University
  • 09/2009 - 03/2018
    Emmy Noether Group Leader/Lecturer and Habilitation, Institute of Physiology, Medical Faculty, University of Würzburg
  • 12/2007 - 08/2009
    Postdoctoral fellow, Carl-Ludwig-Institute of Physiology, Leipzig University
  • 12/2006 - 12/2007
    Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Clinical Neurobiology, University of Würzburg


  • 09/2002 - 11/2006
    Doctoral studies (Dr. rer. nat.), European Neuroscience Institute, University of Göttingen
  • 10/1998 - 07/2002
    Undergraduate Biology studies, B.Sc. with Honours in Neurosciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland

My research group studies molecular mechanisms of neuronal communication. To this end, we combine neuro- and optogenetics, electrophysiology, behavioural analyses, and super-resolution microscopy.

The Department is dedicated to understanding fundamental principles of Physiology. Our research-driven teaching program addresses how the human body works in health and disease and explores physiological variations in the animal kingdom.