Prof. Dr. Notger Müller
FGW-Dean at the University of Potsdam/ Head of the Professorship for Degenerative and Chronic Diseases, Movement

University of Potsdam,
Campus Golm,
Am Mühlenberg 9,
Building 62 (H-Lab), rm. 204,
14476 Potsdam

Academic positions & appointments

  • Since 10/2021: W3-Professor for Degenerative and Chronic Diseases, Movement (permanent position), Faculty for Health Sciences, University of Potsdam
  • 01/2012-09/2021: W2-Professor for “Neuroprotection“ (permanent position), joint call of the Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
  • 10/2009-09/2021: Head of the working group “Neuroprotection“ at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Magdeburg
  • 10/2008-09/2021: Senior physician and head of the Memory Clinic, University Clinic for Neurology, Magdeburg
  • 01/2005-09/2008: Head of the working group Cognitive Neurology, Head of the Memory Clinic, Clinic for Neurology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M
  • 04/2002 – 12/2004: Resident physician at the Clinic for Neurology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/M and Postdoc with Prof. Kleinschmidt in the project: “Neural Mechanisms of Perception”
  • 03/2000 – 03/2002: Resident physician at the Clinic for Neurology, Charité, Berlin, and  Postdoc with Prof. Villringer in the project: “New methods for non-invasive functional diagnostics of the central nervous system”
  • 04/1998 – 02/2000: Resident physician at the Day care Clinic for cognitive Neurology (University of Leipzig and Max Planck Institute for neuropsychological Research), Head of the electrophysiological laboratory
  • 01/1997 – 03/1998: Postdoc at the University of California, Davis, USA with Prof. R.T. Knight in the project:“Memory for objects and space in patients with frontal lobe lesions“ 


  • 09/2008: Certification for “Cognitive Neurology“
  • 08/2006: Specialist for Neurology
  • 03/2006: Habilitation in Cognitive Neurology, title: “Attention beyond the Spotlight Metaphor: Neurophysiological Evidence for a Center-Surround Zoom Lens Model for Visuospatial Selection.”
  • 08/1998: Full license to practice medicine (Approbation)
  • 04/1997: Dissertation: “Processing of object and spatial information in visual working memory. An analysis with event-related potentials” (grade: summa cum laude).
  • 10/1996: 3. State Examination in Medicine (grade: very good)
  • 1994 – 1995: PhD at the Institute for Psychology at the Free University Berlin with Prof. Dr. Mecklinger und Prof. Dr. Friederici
  • 04/1992 – 07/1996: Medical School, Free University Berlin
  • 04/1990 – 03/1992: Medical School, University of Tübingen
  • 09/1989 – 03/1990: Medical School, University of Heidelberg
  • 04/1988 – 04/1989: Studies of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen
  • 1989 – 1996: Scholar of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 05/1987: High school degree (Abitur, grade 1.0) Gymnasium Neckargemünd

Research Activities

  • Personalized prevention and intervention programs to maintain cognitive functions (various training regimes, partly in combination with electrical or magnetic brain stimulation, close cooperation with the Institute of Sports Science at the University of Magdeburg)
  • Induction of neuroplasticity through combined physical and mental activity and their underlying mechanisms (e.g. BDNF, in cooperation with the Institute for Physiology)
  • Early diagnosis of neurodegenerative processes (Locus coeruleus imaging, pupillometry, gait analysis under dual-task requirements), cooperation with the Department of Neuroradiology and the Clinic for Psychiatry
  • Neurophysiological correlates of attention and working memory (behavioral, functional imaging, EEG & MEG), cooperation with the Department of Neuropsychology
  • Influence of brain lesions on cognitive functions (VLBM, rTMS)
  • Rehabilitation of cognitive and motor processes through non-invasive brain stimulation (TDCS) and virtual reality application (HTC vive)
  • Pharmalogical fMRI (influence of dopamine and acetylcholine on selective attention and encoding in working memory)
  • Sleep-dependent memory consolidation

Current Memberships in Editorial Boards

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Psychology
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Brain Sciences
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Physiologia


  • Theo and Friedl Schöller-Price for Medicine of Old Age 2017 (20.000 €)


Please find a current overview of my publications under the following link:

Source of the photo: private

Joint faculty
The University of Potsdam, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg