Andrew Plested receives Heisenberg Professorship
NeuroCure researcher Andrew Plested has been awarded the prestigious Heisenberg Professorship of the DFG, to be based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in the Institute for Biology. Plested will also continue to lead the Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics group at the Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP).
Andrew Plested and his team are interested in ion channel receptors and synaptic transmission. Receptors at synapses are activated by neurotransmitters in a fraction of a second. The group’s objective is to understand the relationship between the molecular structure of a given receptor (its shape) and its activity (what it does), and how these processes relate to synapses in health and disease.
Andrew Plested was recruited in 2008 by the FMP and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure from the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA.