Hans-Christian Pape

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Hans-Christian Pape (born April 14, 1956 in Bad Oeynhausen ) is a German neurophysiologist and professor at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster .


Pape studied biology at the Ruhr University Bochum . After receiving his doctorate in 1987, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Stony Brook University and Yale University . In 1992 he completed his habilitation in physiology with Ulf Eysel at the Medical Faculty in Bochum. From 1994 to 2004 Pape taught as a professor of physiology at the University of Magdeburg . Since 2004 he has been Professor and Director of the Institute for Physiology I (Neurophysiology) at the Medical Faculty of the University of Münster . He was elected President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2017 and took office on January 1, 2018. Pape is considered one of the leading experts in research into the neurophysiological foundations of behavior. He investigates the molecular and cellular basis of fear and fear memory as well as processes for the regulation of sleep and wakefulness.


  • Senate of the German Research Foundation (1999–2005)
  • Science Council (2011-2017)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Commission of the Science Council (2016-2017)
  • President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (from 2018)


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Individual evidence

  1. Brain researcher Hans-Christian Pape becomes the new President of the Humboldt Foundation. In: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Retrieved June 9, 2018 .
  2. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, May 4, 2007