1993-1999 University of Hannover, Germany, Biochemistry
2002 PhD, University of Fribourg, CH
2002-2006 Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Endocrinology Hannover (Eichele group)
2006-2007 Postdoc at Oxford University, UK (Foster group) 2007-2012 Emmy Noether group leader, Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen (OS 353/1-1)
2012-2016 Lichtenberg professor of chronophysiology, Medical Deartment I, University of Lübeck (Volkswagen Foundation)
since 2017 Director, Institute of Neurobiology, University of Lübeck
PI in projects of the CRC654 (“Sleep and Plasticity”), CRC134 “Hedonic Eating Behaviour: Homeostasis and Reward” and the CRC296 “Loco- tact”; Speaker of the RTG1957 (“Adipocyte-Brain Crosstalk”)
HO is a biochemist by training. During his Diploma project and his PhD he gained strong expertise in molecular neurobiology and animal behaviour. During his postdoctoral stays in Hannover and Oxford he focussed on (neuro-)endocrine circadian rhythms of stress and non-visual photo- reception. In 2007, he started as a PI on circadian physiology and behaviour combining mouse genetics with behavioural and molecular analyses.
HO’s lab analyzes the mechanisms that drive circadian rhythms of physiology and behavior in mammals. Specifically, we study the interaction of circadian clocks in different tissues and how clock time is translated into physiological functions – in cells, mice, and humans.
- Astiz M, …, Oster H (2020) The circadian phase of antenatal glucocorticoid treatment affects the risk of behavioral disorders. Nat Commun. 2020 Jul 17;11(1):3593.
- Tsang AH, Koch CE, …, Oster H (2020) An adipokine feedback regulating diurnal food intake rhythms in mice. Elife. 2020 Jul 9;9:e55388.
- Koch CE, Begemann K, …, Oster H (2020) Circadian regulation of hedonic appetite in mice by clocks in dopaminergic neurons of the VTA. Nat Commun. 2020 Jun 17;11(1):3071.
- Druzd D, …, Oster H, Scheiermann C (2017) Lymphocyte Circadian Clocks Control Lymph Node Trafficking and Adaptive Immune Responses. Immunity. 2017 Jan 17;46(1):120-132.
- Kiessling S, Eichele G, Oster H (2010) Adrenal glucocorticoids have a key role in circadian resynchronization in a mouse model of jet lag. J Clin Invest. 2010 Jul;120(7):2600-9.
2002 Faculty Prize, University of Fribourg, CH
2003 Otto Hahn Medal, Max Planck Society, DE
2007 Emmy Noether Fellowship, DFG, DE
2011 Lichtenberg Fellowship, Volkswagen Foundation, DE
2014 Hansa Prize for Molecular Psychiatry, University of Rostock, DE