Short CV/Education and training

Current position

  • Since 2013
    Director of the C. & O. Vogt Institute of Brain Research, full professor, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Centre Jülich

Previous positions

  • 2008 – 2013
    Full professor, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-1, Research Center Jülich

  • 2004 – 2008
    Professor for Structural-Functional Brain Mapping, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

  • 1999 – 2008
    Group leader “Brain Mapping”, Institute of Medicine, Research Centre Jülich

  • 1992 – 1999
    Postdoctoral fellowship, C. & O. Vogt Institute, Düsseldorf University

  • 1992
    Postdoctoral fellowship, Fraunhofer Institute Berlin, Germany

  • 1987 – 1991
    Research assistant – Research Center Dummerstorf, Germany


  • 1999
    Habilitation in Anatomy, Düsseldorf University

  • 1987 – 1989
    PhD/MD Medicine, Int. Univ. Moscow, Russia

  • 1981 – 1987
    Study of Medicine and Biophysics, Diploma (1987), Pirogov Institute Moscow

Selected publications

  • Amunts K, Lepage C, Borgeat L, Mohlberg H, Dickscheid T, Rousseau M+, Bludau S, Bazin PL, Lewis LB, Oros-Peusquens AM, Shah NJ, Lippert T, Zilles K, Evans AC (2013) BigBrain: An ultrahigh-resolution 3D human brain model. Science, 340(6139): 1472-1475. DOI: 10.1126/science.1235381

  • Amunts K, Mohlberg H, Bludau S, Zilles K (2020). Julich-Brain – a 3D probabilistic atlas of human brain’s cytoarchitecture. Science. 369 (6506): 988-992. DOI: 10.1126/science.abb4588

  • Stacho M, Herold C, Rook N, Wagner H, Axer M, Amunts K, Güntürkün O. (2020). A cortex-like canonical circuit in the avian forebrain. Science, 369: 1585. DOI: 10.1126/science.abc5534

  • Bludau S, Mühleisen TW, Eickhoff S, Hawrylycz MJ, Cichon S, Amunts K (2018). Integration of transcriptomic and cytoarchitectonic data implicates a role for MAOA and TAC1 in the limbic-cortical network. Brain Structure & Function, 223:2335-2342. DOI: 10.1007/s00429-018-1620-6

  • Caspers S, Rockner ME, Jockwitz C, Bittner N, Teumer A, Herms S, Hoffmann P, Nöthen MM, Moebus S, Amunts K, Cichon S, Mühleisen TW (2020). Pathway-specific genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease differentiates regional patterns of cortical atrophy in older adults. Cerebral Cortex, 30(2):801-811. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhz127

  • Sonderby IE, Gustafsson O, Doan NT, Hibar DP, Martin-Brevet S, Westley LT, Jacquemont S, Djurovic S, Stefansson H, Stefansson K, Thompson PM, Andreassen OA, 16p11.2 European Consortium, ENIGMA-CNV working group (2020). Dose response of the 16p11.2 digital copy number on intracranial volume and basal ganglia. Molecular Psychiatry, 25(3):584-602. DOI: 10.1038/s41380-018-0118-1

  • Initiative IB (2020). International Brain Initiative: An Innovative Framework for Coordinated Global Brain Research Efforts. Neuron, 105(2):212-216. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.01.002

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Helmholtz International BigBrain Analytics Learning Laboratory (HIBALL)

  • Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU Local)

  • Member Advisory Board of the d|u|p, publisher group: De Gruyter

  • International Advisory Council “Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives”, Canada

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)

  • Speaker of the Max Planck Graduate School of Cognition, together with Arno Villringer, Leipzig/Berlin, Germany

  • Member of the working group “Cellular Level 3D Coordinate Frameworks for the Human Brain”

  • Scientific Research Director, Chair of the Scientific and Infrastructure Board (SIB), EU-funded flagship project “The Human Brain Project” (HBP)

  • Subproject leader “Human Brain Organization”, SP2, HBP

  • Speaker of the Helmholtz Programme “Decoding the Human brain”

  • Speaker of the Helmholtz Portfolio Theme “Supercomputing and Modelling for the Human Brain

Additional qualifications

  • Board exam "anatomy", Course certificate, St. Gallen business school


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