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Curriculum vitae Prof. Lutz

Beat Lutz, Ph.D.
W3 Professor for Physiological Chemistry

Since 2011

Director of the Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Since 2004

W3 Professor for Physiological Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Habilitation in Zoology at the LMU Munich


Independent Group Leader of the Max-Planck-Society at the Max-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry (Munich)


Scientist at the DKFZ (Heidelberg)


Postdoctoral positions at ETH (Zurich), Harvard Medical School (Boston), and Baylor College of Medicine (Houston)


Doctorate work at the Institute for Cell Biology, ETH Zurich


Studies in Biochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland

Research fields

Our research focus is on lipid signaling systems (mainly on endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors) in the brain and peripheral organs. Using genetics in mice, we investigate the roles of the endocannabinoid system in anxiety, fear memory, stress coping, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, neural development, and energy metabolism. We also investigate the functional interactions of the endocannabinoid system with other signaling systems, e.g. with serotonin, noradrenalin, corticosterone, and brain derived neurotrophic factor, and with epigenetic control mechanisms.

Activities in the scientific community, honors, awards


Chair of Gordon Conference “Cannabinoid Functions in the CNS”

2008 – 2014

Chairperson of DFG Research Unit FOR926 (with Prof. A. Zimmer, Bonn)

2003 – 2004

Stipend from the Hertie-Foundation (Excellence Program in Neurosciences)


Organon Prize for Psychiatry

1990 - 1994

Fellowships from the Swiss National Foundation