Dr. Mirjam Münch


Dr. Mirjam Münch received her PhD from the University of Basel in the field of sleep research and chronobiology in young and older adults. Her main research areas are the effects of light on human physiology and behaviour including sleep and circadian rhythms. After postdoctoral positions at Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), she did her Habilitaton at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Privatdocent). In 2018, she was appointed Associate Professor at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand. Since September 2021, Dr. Münch is back at the Centre for Chronobiology in Basel (Switzerland), where she leads the Module 'Environmental Circadian Lighting' within the new integrative Human Daylight Platform (iCDP), financially supported by the Velux Foundation Switzerland.



Münch, M; Goldbach, R; Zumstein, N; Vonmoos, P; Scartezzini, J-L; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Enhancing daily light exposure increases the antibody response to influenza vaccination in patients with dementia Journal Article Forthcoming

BioRxiv, Forthcoming.

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Brown, T; Brainard, G; Cajochen, C; Czeisler, C; Hanifin, J; Lockley, S; Lucas, R; Münch, M; O'Hagan, J; Peirson, S; Price, L; Roenneberg, T; Schlangen, L; Skene, D; Spitschan, M; Vetter, C; Zee, P; Jr., Wright K

Recommendations for Healthy Daytime, Evening, and Night-Time Indoor Light Exposure Journal Article Forthcoming


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Münch, M; Wirz-Justice, A; Brown, S A; Kantermann, T; Martiny, K; Stefani, O; Vetter, C; Jr, Wright K P; Wulff, K; Skene, D J

The Role of Daylight for Humans: Gaps in Current Knowledge Journal Article

Clocks & Sleep, 2020.

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Bromundt, V; Wirz-Justice, A; Boutellier, M; Winter, S; Haberstroh, M; Termane, M; Münch, M

Effects of a dawn-dusk simulation on circadian rest-activity cycles, sleep, mood and well-being in dementia patients Journal Article

Experimental Gerontology, 2019.

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Benedetti, M; Maierová, L; Cajochen, C; Motamed, A; Münch, M; Scartezzini, J-L

Impact of dynamic lighting control on light exposure, visual comfort and alertness in office users Journal Article

J. Phys.: Conf. Ser., 2019.

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Münch, M; Schmieder, M; Bieler, K; Goldbach, R; Fuhrmann, T; Zumstein, N; Vonmoos, P; Scartezzini, J L; Wirz-Justice, A; ., Cajochen C

Bright light delights: effects of daily light exposure on emotions, rest-activity cycles, sleep and melatonin secretion in severely demented patients Journal Article

Current Alzheimer Research, 14 , pp. doi:10.2174/1567205014666170523092858, 2017.



Cajochen, C; Altanay-Ekici, S; Münch, M; Frey, S; Knoblauch, V; Wirz-Justice, A

Reply to Cordi et al. Journal Article

Current Biology, 24 (17), pp. R795, 2014.

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Putilov, A A; Münch, M; Cajochen, C

Principal component structuring of the Non-REM sleep EEG spectrum in older adults yields age-related changes in the sleep and wake drives Journal Article

Current Aging Science, 6 epub ahead , pp. 1-13, 2013.

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Cajochen, C; Altanay-Ekici, S; Münch, M; Frey, S; Knoblauch, Vera; Wirz-Justice, A

Evidence that the Lunar Cycle In?uences Human Sleep Journal Article

Current Biology, 23 (15), pp. 1-4, 2013.

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Münch, M; Bromundt, V

Light and chronobiology: implications for health and disease Journal Article

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 14(4), 448-453, 2012.

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Chellappa, S L; Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Cajochen, C

Age effects on spectral electroencephalogram activity prior to dream recall Journal Article

J Sleep Res. Aug 18. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2011.00947.x (Epub ahead of print), 2011.

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Birchler-Pedross, A; Schröder, C M; Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Blatter, K; Schnitzler-Sack, C; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Subjective well-being is modulated by circadian phase, sleep pressure, age, and gender. Journal Article

Journal of Biological Rhythms, 24(3): 232-242., 2009.

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Chellappa, S L; Münch, M; Blatter, K; Knoblauch, V; Cajochen, C

Does the circadian modulation of dream recall modify with age? Journal Article

Sleep, 32(9): 1201-1209., 2009.

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Späti, J; Münch, M; Blatter, K; Knoblauch, V; Jones, L A; Cajochen, C

Impact of age, sleep pressure and circadian phase on time-of-day estimates. Journal Article

Behav Brain Res, 201(1):48-52., 2009.

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Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Blatter, K; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Is homeostatic sleep regulation under low sleep pressure modified by age? Journal Article

Sleep, 30(6): 781-792., 2007.

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Cajochen, C; Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Blatter, K; Wirz-Justice, A

Age-related changes in the circadian and homeostatic regulation of human sleep. Journal Article

Chronobiology International, 23: 461-474., 2006.

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Münch, M; Kobialka, S; Steiner, R; Oelhafen, P; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Wavelength-dependent effects of evening light exposure on sleep architecture and sleep EEG power density in men. Journal Article

American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 290 : R1421-R1428., 2006.

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Schmidt, C; Peigneux, P; Muto, V; Schenkel, M; Knoblauch, V; Münch, M; de Quervain, D J -F; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Encoding difficulty promotes postlearning changes in sleep spindle activity during napping. Journal Article

Journal of Neuroscience, 26(35): 8976-8982., 2006.

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Blatter, K; Graw, P; Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Gender and age differences in psychomotor vigilance under differential sleep pressure conditions. Journal Article

Behavioural Brain Research, 168: 312-317., 2006.

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Cajochen, C; Jud, C; Münch, M; Kobialka, S; Wirz-Justice, A; Albrecht, U

Evening exposure to blue light stimulates the expression of the clock gene PER2 in humans Journal Article

European Journal of Neuroscience, 23: 1082-1086., 2006.

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Blatter, K; Opwis, K; Münch, M; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Sleep loss-related decrements in planning performance in healthy elderly depend on task difficulty. Journal Article

Journal of Sleep Research, 14: 409-417., 2005.

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Cajochen, C; Münch, M; Kobialka, S; Kräuchi, K; Steiner, R; Oelhafen, P; Orgül, S; Wirz-Justice, A

High sensitivity of human melatonin, alertness, thermoregulation and heart rate to short wavelength light. Journal Article

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 90: 1311-1316., 2005.

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Knoblauch, V; Münch, M; Blatter, K; Martens, W L J; Schröder, C; Schnitzler, C; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Age-Related Changes in the Circadian Modulation of Sleep-Spindle Frequency During Nap Sleep. Journal Article

Sleep, 28: 1093-1101, 2005.

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Münch, M; Cajochen, C; Wirz-Justice, A

Schlaf und zirkadiane Rhythmik im Alter. Journal Article

Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 38 (Supplement 1) I/21–I/23., 2005.

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Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Blatter, K; Schröder, C; Schnitzler, C; Kräuchi, K; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

Age-related attenuation of the evening circadian arousal signal in humans. Journal Article

Neurobiology of Aging, 26: 1307-1319, 2005.

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Münch, M; Knoblauch, V; Blatter, K; Schröder, C; Schnitzler, C; Kräuchi, K; Wirz-Justice, A; Cajochen, C

The frontal predominance in human EEG delta activity after sleep loss decreases with age. Journal Article

European Journal of Neuroscience, 20: 1402-10., 2004.

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