Profil Ralph Schliephacke SCIS


My journey into the world of electrophysiological methods began in 1987,
when I joined Professor Erwin Neher's team as an employed electronics technician.
Under his guidance and within the stimulating environment of his laboratory,
I was introduced to the intricate technical aspects crucial for understanding electrophysiology.

In 1992, my journey into the realm of electrophysiology took another significant turn as
I resumed my career as a state-certified technician. Through helping set up the department
that dug deep into neural networks, I also played a part in improving specific components on the technical side.
Under the mentorship of Professor Stühmer and alongside a team of dedicated researchers,
I delved deeper into the intricacies of electrophysiological methods.
Building upon the foundation laid in my earlier experiences,
I embraced new challenges and opportunities to expand my technical expertise and theoretical understanding.
Working within Professor Stühmer's laboratory, I engaged in a diverse array of projects spanning from basic
research to applied studies.
From intricate circuitry to precise instrumentation, every aspect of the technology fascinated me and fueled my passion for the field.
Collaborating with brilliant minds and leveraging state-of-the-art equipment,
I had the privilege of contributing to groundbreaking discoveries and advancements in the field.
Whether it was optimizing experimental protocols or troubleshooting complex instrumentation,
every day brought forth new opportunities for growth and learning.

In 1998, during a several-month-long stay abroad at Professor Maurico Montal's lab at UCSD,
I had the chance to learn about the biological lipid bilayer technique.
Here, I've gained a deeper understanding of the signal processes of electrophysiology, now more from a biological perspective.

After returning to Prof. Stühmer's lab, I was able to effectively apply this knowledge to contribute to the development of electrophysiological amplifiers or devices.

From 2018 to 2023, I shared wealth of knowledge and expertise in electrophysiology as part of the core facility
at the Max-Planck-Institute and the European Neuroscience Institute in Göttingen.
Again I had to took charge of the technical aspects, ensuring the smooth operation of essential equipment and
facilitating hands-on learning experiences for students and researchers alike.

In addition to my pivotal role within the core facility, I actively participated as a teacher in DAAD-funded summer schools held in Malaysia and Germany.
Leveraging my extensive experience and passion for education, I could  aspiring neuroscientists from around the world to the fundamental principles and practical skills in electrophysiology to.

In 2022, my expertise in electrophysiology reached new horizons as I undertook a remarkable endeavor to establish two state-of-the-art electrophysiological setups, complete with all necessary surrounding equipment, for a laboratory at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Operating my capacity as a self-employed professional, my idea of offering my technical support to any researcher in the world was finally born.