Imperial College London

Dr.Tobias Reichenbach

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr. Tobias Reichenbach is a Senior Lecturer (US equivalent: Associate Professor) at the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He joined Imperial in 2013 after postdoctoral training in computational neuroscience and the biophysics of hearing  with Dr. A. J. Hudspeth at the Rockefeller University in New York. He graduated in 2008 with highest honors from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, where he researched on theoretical aspects of non-equilibrium pattern formation and statistical physics in the group of Dr. E. Frey.

Dr. Tobias Reichenbach is interested in problems at the interface of physics and biology. He uses ideas from theoretical physics, mathematics, and computer science to investigate how biological systems function, from the molecular and cellular level to organs and the nervous system. Dr. Reichenbach closely collaborates with experimental investigators, and aims at applying  his findings in the developement of novel, biologically-inspired technology. 

Much of Dr. Reichenbach's research focuses on hearing. The auditory system showcases an astonishing performance regarding its sensitivity, dynamic range, and frequency resolution. Dr. Reichenbach aims to identify the underlying biophysical specializations, and investigate how the ear's strategies can be employed in speech and hearing technology.

For his research Dr. Tobias Reichenbach received awards such as the Feodor-Lynen fellowship from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, Germany (2009-2011) as well as the Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, U.S.A. (2011).

More information is available on Dr. Reichenbach's personal research page.

His research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Forte AE, Etard O, Reichenbach T, 2017, The human auditory brainstem response to running speech reveals a subcortical mechanism for selective attention, Elife, Vol:6, ISSN:2050-084X

Ciganovic N, Wolde-Kidan A, Reichenbach T, 2017, Hair bundles of cochlear outer hair cells are shaped to minimize their fluid-dynamic resistance, Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Warren RL, Ramamoorthy S, Ciganovic N, et al., 2016, Minimal basilar membrane motion in low-frequency hearing, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:113, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:E4304-E4310

Reichenbach T, Hudspeth AJ, 2014, The physics of hearing: fluid mechanics and the active process of the inner ear, Reports on Progress in Physics, Vol:77, ISSN:0034-4885

Tchumatchenko T, Reichenbach T, 2014, A cochlear-bone wave can yield a hearing sensation as well as otoacoustic emission, Nature Communications, Vol:5, ISSN:2041-1723

Dobrinevski A, Alava M, Reichenbach T, et al., 2014, Mobility-dependent selection of competing strategy associations, Physical Review E, Vol:89, ISSN:1539-3755

Nin F, Reichenbach T, Fisher JAN, et al., 2012, Contribution of active hair-bundle motility to nonlinear amplification in the mammalian cochlea, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:109, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:21076-21080

Reichenbach T, Hudspeth AJ, 2010, A ratchet mechanism for amplification in low-frequency mammalian hearing, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:4973-4978

Berr M, Reichenbach T, Schottenloher M, et al., 2009, Zero-One Survival Behavior of Cyclically Competing Species, Physical Review Letters, Vol:102, ISSN:0031-9007

Reichenbach T, Franosch T, Frey E, 2006, Exclusion processes with internal states, Physical Review Letters, Vol:97, ISSN:0031-9007

Reichenbach T, Hudspeth AJ, 2011, Unidirectional Mechanical Amplification as a Design Principle for an Active Microphone, Physical Review Letters, Vol:106, ISSN:0031-9007

Reichenbach T, Stefanovic A, Nin F, et al., 2012, Waves on Reissner's Membrane: A Mechanism for the Propagation of Otoacoustic Emissions from the Cochlea, Cell Reports, Vol:1, ISSN:2211-1247, Pages:374-384

Fisher JAN, Nin F, Reichenbach T, et al., 2012, The Spatial Pattern of Cochlear Amplification, Neuron, Vol:76, ISSN:0896-6273, Pages:989-997

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