Bernd Kuhn earned a PhD in Physics from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, working at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. In 2001, he received a prestigious fellowship by the Ernst Rudolf Schloeßmann Foundation of the Max Planck Society. This fellowship allowed him to continue his project at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2004, he joined a virology and a neuroscience laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA. Since 2010, he is heading the Optical Neuroimaging Unit at OIST.
Bernd Kuhn's work focuses on neuroscience, more specifically, on visualizing neuronal activity during behavior. To achieve this goal he applies methods from optics, virology, physical chemistry, and molecular biology to in vivo imaging. Especially, the development of a method to visualize the electrical activity of the brain has been at the center of Bernd Kuhn's attention since his diploma in 1996. His research has been published in high-profile journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, PNAS, Current Biology, and Science Advances.