Phone: +43 2243 9000 4302

Email: philipp.schoenenberger(at)




Formation of episodic memory is thought to involve a dialogue between various brain regions to store different aspects of an episode. My work focuses on the interaction between the entorhinal cortex and the hippocampus, two brain regions involved in spatial navigation and episodic memory, during both active behaviour and sleep.




Rose T, Schoenenberger P, Jezek K, Oertner TG. Developmental refinement of vesicle cycling at Schaffer collateral synapses. Neuron. 2013 Mar 20;77(6):1109-21. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.01.021.


 Strunze S, Engelke MF, Wang IH, Puntener D, Boucke K, Schleich S, Way M, Schoenenberger P, Burckhardt CJ, Greber UF. Kinesin-1-mediated capsid disassembly and disruption of the nuclear pore complex promote virus infection. Cell Host Microbe. 2011 Sep 15;10(3):210-23.


Burckhardt CJ, Suomalainen M, Schoenenberger P, Boucke K, Hemmi S, Greber UF. Drifting motions of the adenovirus receptor CAR and immobile integrins initiate virus uncoating and membrane lytic protein exposure. Cell Host Microbe. 2011 Aug 18;10(2):105-17.


Berndt A*, Schoenenberger P*, Mattis J, Tye KM, Deisseroth K, Hegemann P, Oertner TG. High-efficiency channelrhodopsins for fast neuronal stimulation at low light levels. *Equal contributions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 May 3;108(18):7595-600.


Schoenenberger P*, Zhang Schärer Y-P, Oertner TG. Channelrhodopsin as a tool to investigate synaptic transmission and plasticity. Exp Physiol. 2011 Jan;96(1):34-9. Review. *Corresponding author.


Schoenenberger P, Gerosa D, Oertner TG. (2009) Temporal control of immediate early gene induction by light. PLoS One. 2009 Dec 4;4(12):e8185


Schoenenberger P, Grunditz A, Rose T, Oertner TG. (2008) Optimizing the spatial resolution of Channelrhodopsin-2 activation. Brain Cell Biol. 2008 Aug;36(1-4):119-27.