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Prof. Ulrich Eisel

Molecular Neuroscience and Neuroinflammation
Molecular Neurobiology
Nijenborgh 7

Brief Biography:

Short biography of Ulrich L. M. Eisel, PhD I studied biology from 1979 until 1985 at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany. I did my diploma thesis over the isolation of a 75 Kb endogenous plasmid pE88 from Clostridium tetani and the localization and partial sequencing of the tetanus toxin gene on it. The first member of the most powerful family of clostridial neurotoxins (the others are botulinum toxins A to G) to be cloned at that time. This work was initiated among others by the late Prof. Dr. Ernst Habermann (Rudolf-Buchheim-Institute of Pharmacology, Giessen). I finished my PhD in 1989 on the characterization of the tetanus toxin gene and protein in the group of late Prof. Dr. Heiner Niemann (Medical Virology Department). After a short postdoctoral time first in his group in Giessen and then in Tübingen I received 1990 a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds stipend for working as a postdoc and later as a visiting associate at the Laboratory of Cell Biology (Chief: Michael J. Brownstein; MD, PhD) at the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. In a series of of articles, which were published within very few months, suddenly the - until this time point unknown - mechanisms of action of clostridial neurotoxins were resolved by several groups including that of my own. So when coming back to Germany in 1993 and working in the Institute of Cell Biology and Immunology at the University of Stuttgart (Head: Prof. Dr. Klaus Pfizenmaier), I changed my main research topic and fused both neuroscience and immunology and worked on inflammatory responses in the brain with a focus on TNF and TNF receptor signalling and on NMDA receptor signalling. I finished my Habilitation in Stuttgart in 2002 with a venia legendi in molecular and cellular neuroscience and became appointed a year later as a tenure track assistant professor here in Groningen in the group of Molecular Neurobiology (Head: Prof. Dr. Paul G. M. Luiten). I continue my research topics and co-operate with ongoing research topics in my group and other groups such as Alzheimer’s research and learning and memory research on the level of molecular signalling mechanisms.

Academic positions:

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, University of Stuttgart, Germany, Assistant Prof., University of Groningen, Tenure track Professor, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Research interests:

Molecular Neurobiology, Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Neuroinflammation and Neurodegenerative diseases

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