Andreas Schaefer is a group leader in the Division of Neurophysiology and faculty at the Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London.
He obtained a Diploma in physics from the University of Heidelberg as a fellow of the German National Merit foundation, and a PhD in biology from the University of Heidelberg and the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research under the supervision of Bert Sakmann as a Boeringer Ingelheim Fonds fellow.
For postdoctoral training he joined Troy Margrie's laboratory at UCL (University College London) as a DAAD and EMBO fellow. He established his own lab at UCL as a BBSRC David Phillips fellow and subsequently moved to the Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research as a group leader.
In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Neuroanatomy at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Heidelberg and moved to the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (which is now part of the Francis Crick Institute)/UCL in 2013.
His research focuses on dissecting the cellular mechanisms of sensory processing in the brain using predominantly the mouse olfactory system as a model system. Techniques employed include electron microscopy, in vivo electrophysiology and imaging, genetic and optogenetic interference as well as behavioural tasks and computational modelling. Additionally, his lab aims to develop technology for electrophysiological recordings and high-throughput behavioural approaches.