Andreas Draguhn was born in 1961 in Wuppertal, Germany. After his Civil Service he studied Medicine, Physics and Philosophy at Bonn University, supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He did his medical dissertation at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Göttingen and Heidelberg, addressing the molecular physiology of GABA-gated ion channels. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in neurophysiological laboratories in Cologne, Birmingham and Berlin where he received his habilitation in 1999.
Since 2002 he is full professor for neurophysiology and director of the Institute for Physiology and Pathophysiology at Heidelberg University. His service for academic institutions includes functions as speaker of the neuroscience panel of the DFG (2012-2016), president of the Deutsche Physiologische Gesellschaft (2012/13) and board member of the Deutsche Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (2004-2015). He is treasurer-elect of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), Dean of Studies of the Medical Faculty at Heidelberg University and speaker of the Collaborative Research Center 1134 of the DFG (‘Functional Ensembles’).
The research of Andreas Draguhn focusses on cellular mechanisms underlying spatio-temporal activity patterns in neuronal networks. He has made contributions to the kinetics of inhibitory synaptic signaling, electrical coupling of excitatory neurons, and generation of high-frequency oscillations in the rodent hippocampus. He has applied his concepts to different pathophysiological problems, including epilepsy, hypoxia and Alzheimer’s disease.