To strengthen the well-established neuroscience community in Berlin, NeuroCure spends a large proportion of its budget on appointing new professors and establishing junior research groups. Long-term funding will be provided by the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and our participating non-university institutions of the Helmholtz Society and Leibniz Association.
Our recruitments in alphabetical order:
In July 2011, Prof. Dr. Britta Eickholt was appointed professor for Neurosciences Specializing in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and NeuroCure. Her Research focuses on signaling mechanisms that control the neuronal cytoskeleton. Prior joining NeuroCure, Britta Eickholt worked at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Center for Developmental Neurobiology at King's College, London, UK.
In December 2009, Dr. Enric Esplugues was recruited from the School of Medicine at the Yale University, New Haven, USA to head the junior research group Neuroimmunology at the German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin (DRFZ) and NeuroCure. His research focused on immunological processes in neurodegenerative diseases. Ín November 2014, Enric Esplugues he moved back to the Yale University.
in 2010, Prof. Dr. Agnes Flöel has joint the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC). In April 2013, she was appointed professor for Cognitive Neurology at the Charité and NeuroCure. Agnes Flöel´s research focuses on interventional strategies to prevent cognitive deficits in aging and rehabilitate cognitive and motor deficits after stroke.
In 2010, Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Grantyn joined NeuroCure as senior professor at the Charité. She investigates synaptic reorganization in neurodegenerative diseases.
In September 2012, Prof. Dr. Anja Hauser was appointed Professor for Intravital Imaging and Immune Dynamics at the Cahrité and NeuroCure. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the immune system. Before joining the Cluster, Anja Hauser was a junior group leader at the German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ).
In March 2015, Prof. Dr. Peter Robin Hiesinger was appointed professor at the Institute of Biology of the Freie Universität Berlin and NeuroCure. He investigates the specification and maintenance of synapses. Robin Hiesinger moved from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, USA to join the Cluster.
In July 2014, Prof. Benjamin Judkewitz was appointed professor for Bioimaging and Neurophotonics at the Charité and NeuroCure. His research group develops and applies new techniques that overcome optical scattering in order to enable imaging and optical stimulation at unprecedented depths in biological tissue. Benjamin Judkewitz was recruited from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA.
Since September 2013, Dr. Janine Kirstein has headed the junior research group Proteostasis in Aging and Disease at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and NeuroCure. Her research focuses on mechanisms of quality control in protein homeostasis (proteostasis). Before joining the Cluster, Janine Kirstein carried out Research at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.
In February 2012, Prof. Dr. Ursula Koch was appointed Professor at the Institute for Biology of the Freie Universität Berlin and NeuroCure . In the field of Neurobiology and Behavior, Ursula Koch investigates the molecular components of auditory brainstem development and contributes to a better understanding of the physiological basis of auditory processing disorders. Ursula Koch was recruited from the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich.
In March 2017, Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Krahe was appointed Professor for Behavioral Physiology at the Humboldt-Universität and Cluster of Excellence NeuroCure. His research concentrates on understanding neural mechanisms of sensory information processing and their evolution, using the electrosensory system of weakly electric fish. Prior to his appointment, Rüdiger Krahe performed research at McGill University.
In August 2011, Prof. Dr. Matthew Larkum was appointed professor for Neuronal Plasticity at the Humboldt-Universität and NeuroCure. He investigates the integration of feedforward and feedback information in the cortex. Matthew Larkum carried out research at the University of Bern, CH before he joint the Cluster.
In 2009, Prof. Dr. Andreas Meisel was appointed professor for Neurology Specializing in Cerebrovascular Diseases at the Charité and NeuroCure. He investigates the immunological mechanisms in stroke and develops new diagnostics and therapies for stroke patients. Andreas Meisel works at the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC) and Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB).
In 2009, Prof. Dr. Eva Neuhaus was appointed professor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and NeuroCure. Her research focuses on molecular and cellular mechanisms of the olfaction. Previously, Eva Neuhaus was recruited from the University of Bochum. In June 2013, Eva Neuhaus moved to the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.
Since November 2008, Prof. Dr. Friedemann Paul has headed the Clinical Neuroimmunology research group at the Clinical Neuroimmunology research group at the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC). In 2011, he was appointed professor for Neurology Specializing in Neuroimmunology at the Charité and NeuroCure. Friedemann Paul's research focuses on the optimization of diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities for multiple sclerosis and other neuroimmunological diseases.
Since November 2008, Dr. Andrew Plested has headed the junior research group Molecular Neuroscience and Biophysics at the Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and NeuroCure. He investigates the functional mechanisms of synaptic receptors. Andrew Plested moved from the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA to join the Cluster.
Since July 2009, Dr. James Poulet has headed the junior research group Neural Circuits and Behavior at the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) and NeuroCure. He investigates neocortical neurons in the brain and how they control behavior. Prior joining the Cluster, James Poulet carried out research at the Brain Mind Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
In July 2009, Prof. Dr. Christian Rosenmund was appointed professor for Neurosciences Specializing in Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and NeuroCure. He carries out extensive research in the field of synaptic transmission - the transfer of information between individual nerve cells in the brain. Christian Rosenmund moved to the Charité from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Houston, USA to join the Cluster.
Since November 2008, Dr. Björn Schroeder has headed the junior research group Signaling and Transport Processes at the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) and NeuroCure. He investigates transmembrane proteins in signaling processes. Prior joining the Cluster, Björn Schroeder carried out research in the laboratory of Lily Jan at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), USA.
In 2008, Prof. Dr. Markus Schülke-Gerstenfeld was appointed professor for Pediatrics Specializing in Developmental Disorders of the Nervous System at the Charité and NeuroCure. He has been recruited to the NeuroCure Clinical Research Center (NCRC). Markus Schülke-Gerstenfeld´s research focuses on the development of therapies for epilepsy and febrile convulsions, and on molecular genetic investigation of inherited diseases of the developing nervous system.
In 2010, Prof. Dr. Sarah Shoichet was appointed professor for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology at the Charité and NeuroCure. She investigates the molecular mechanisms of cognitive processes and developmental disorders of the nervous system. Sarah Shoichet has been recruited from her postdoctoral position as a Habilitation fellow of the The Rahel Hirsch Program at the Charité.
In July 2009, Prof. Dr. Stephan Sigrist was appointed Professor for Molecular Developmental Genetics of Animals at the Institute of Biology at the Freie Universität Berlin and NeuroCure. He investigates the Formation and function of synaptic contacts between nerve cells as well as the genetic basis of these processes. Stephan Sigrist has been recruited from the Universität Würzburg.
In July 2011, Prof. Dr. Imre Vida was appointed Professor for Neuroscience Specializing in Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology at the Charité and NeuroCure. His research concentrates primarily on neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and information-processing aspects of inhibitory neurons in circuits of the hippocampus. Prior to accepting his appointment, Imre Vide carried out research at the University of Glasgow, UK.
In June 2009, Prof. Dr. York Winter was appointed Professor for Cognitive Neurobiology at the Institute for Biology of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and NeuroCure. In addition, he heads the Animal Outcome Core Facility within the Cluster. York Winter moved to the Humboldt-Universität from the University of Bielefeld.
In November 2014 Prof. Dr. Ferah Yildirim was appointed Assistant Professor for Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and NeuroCure. Ferah Yildirim investigates dysfunctions of neuronal gene expression in neuropsychiatric conditions with a particular focus on epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms. Prior to her appointment, Ferah Yildirim worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Departments of Biological Engineering and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
Since September 2014 Dr. Niccolò Zampieri has headed the junior research group Development and Function of Neural Circuits at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and NeuroCure. His group is interested in the developmental mechanisms that control the assembly and function of motor circuits. Prior to joining the Cluster, Niccolò Zampieri carried out research at the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Jessell at Columbia University in New York, USA.