Valentin Nägerl, Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience, Bordeaux Neurocampus, Université de Bordeaux, France
Mind the Gap: new approaches to study the extracellular space of the brain in vivo
Valentin Nägerl is a Professor of Neuroscience and Bioimaging and leads the research group 'Synaptic Plasticity and Super-Resolution Microcopy' at the Interdisciplinary Institute for NeuroScience. His research is centered on the development and application of super-resolution microscopy technology to study the nanoscale mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and brain physiology using the mouse brain as a model system.
After undergrad studies in physics and medicine in Göttingen, he got a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA with Istvan Mody and did a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology with Tobias Bonhoeffer, spending research visits at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry with the Nobel laureate-to-be Stefan Hell. In 2009, he obtained the habilitation for neuroscience from the Technical University of Munich under Arthur Konnerth, before setting up his own lab in Bordeaux. In 2017, he became senior member of the 'Institut Universitaire de France', and his work has been recognized by an 'Equipe FRM' award (2016) and a Research Prize from the French Academy of Sciences (2018). He has received two highly competitive HFSP program awards (2010 and 2020) and an ERC synergy grant (2020). In 2021, he was promoted to the rank of 'Professeur classe exceptionelle’.