Hans-Christian Pape


Professor of Physiology, Westfaelische Wilhelms-University

Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pape has a scientific interest in the synaptic network mechanisms underlying sleep-wake states and emotional behavior, and their clinically relevant alterations. After studying biology at Bochum University, Germany, and obtaining a PhD, he did a postdoc with David McCormick at Yale University, USA. He chaired Physiology and a Collaborative Research Center (CRC) dedicated to limbic systems and functions at Magdeburg University, Germany.

Since 2004, he is a Professor and Chair of Physiology at Muenster University, where he coordinates a CRC on Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders. He served at the National Council for Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat), the senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG), and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina).

Since 2018, he is the President of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. Among his scientific honors are the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Award of the DFG (1999), the Max-Planck-Research Award (2007), and the Best Teacher Award at Münster University (2006). He is co-editor of the textbook „Physiologie“, and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed original and review articles.