Epigenetic mechanisms controlling learning and memory, anxiety and stress coping

Positions held

  • 2010: Head of Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University Medical Center Mainz
  • 2008-2014: Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit FOR926
  • 2004-2008: W3 Professor for Physiological Chemistry at the University of Mainz, Medical Faculty
  • 1997-2004: Independent Group Leader of the Max Planck Society at the Institute of Psychiatry, Munich


  • 2002: Habilitation and venia legendi, Faculty of Biology (Zoology), LMU Munich
  • 1995-1997: Postdocwith Prof. G. Schütz, DKFZ Heidelberg
  • 1990-1995: Postdoc with Prof. G. Eichele, Harvard University Boston and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
  • 1989-1990: Postdoc with Prof. M. Lezzi, Insitute of Cell Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 1985-1989: PhD with Prof. M. Lezzi and H. Eppenberger, Insitute of Cell Biology, ETH Zurich
  • 1985: Diploma in Natural Science, ETH Zurich

Recent publications by Beat Lutz

Ruiz de Azua I, Mancini G, Srivastava RK, Rey AA, Cardinal P, Tedesco L, Zingaretti CM, Sassmann A, Quarta C, Schwitter C, Conrad A, Wettschureck N, Vemuri VK, Makriyannis A, Hartwig J, Mendez-Lago M, Bindila L, Monory K, Giordano A, Cinti S, Marsicano G, Offermanns S, Nisoli E, Pagotto U, Cota D, Lutz B (2017). Adipocyte cannabinoid receptor CB1 regulates energy homeostasis and alternatively activated macrophages. J Clin Invest 127:4148-4162.

Bicker F, Vasic V, Horta G, Ortega F, Nolte H, Kavyanifar A, Keller S, Stankovic ND, Harter PN, Benedito R, Lutz B, Bäuerle T, Hartwig J, Baumgart J, Krüger M, Radyushkin K, Alberi L, Berninger B, Schmidt MHH (2017). Neurovascular EGFL7 regulates adult neurogenesis in the subventricular zone and thereby affects olfactory perception.Nat Commun8:15922.

Remmers F, Lange MD, Hamann M, Ruehle S, Pape HC, Lutz B (2017) Addressing sufficiency of the CB1 receptor for endocannabinoid-mediated functions through conditional genetic rescue in forebrain GABAergic neurons (2017). Brain Struct Funct. doi: 10.1007/s00429-017-1411-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Ruehle S, Wager-Miller J, Straiker A, Farnsworth J, Murphy MN, Loch S, Monory K, Mackie K, Lutz B (2017). Discovery and characterization of two novel CB1 receptor splice variants with modified N-termini in mouse. J Neurochem142(4):521-533

Lomazzo E, König F, Abassi L, Jelinek R, Lutz B (2017). Chronic stress leads to epigenetic dysregulation in the neuropeptide-Y and cannabinoid CB1 receptor genes in the mouse cingulate cortex. Neuropharmacology 113: 301-313

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