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Curriculum vitae Prof. Berninger

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Berninger
Professor for Physiological Chemistry


Habilitation in Physiology, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) Munich.


Lecturer at the LMU Munich and Guest researcher at the HelmholtzZentrum Munich.


Research Associate at the Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried/Munich.


Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, USA and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Graduate studies in Neurochemistry at the Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Martinsried/Munich


Undergraduate studies (Biology) at the LMU Munich.

Research fields

One focus of my group lies on a better understanding of the physiological process ofneurogenesis in the adult mouse brain with emphasis on the lineage progression from adult neural stem cells to their neuronal and glial progeny as well as the functional integration of adult-generated neurons into the pre-existing circuit. The other focus concerns the possibility to reprogram cells endogenous to the brain, such as astroglia and pericytes of the cerebralm cortex, into distinct types of neurons as a novel approach to brain repair:

  • Lineage progression of adult neural stem cells
  • Integration of adult-generated neurons into pre-existing circuits
  • Reprogramming of brain-resident somatic cells into neurons

Activities in the scientific community, honors, awards


Review Editor of Frontiers in Neurodegeneration.


Faculty Member in the Neurodevelopment Section of the Faculty of 1000


Review Editor of Frontiers in Neurogenesis.


Short-term fellowship of the Human Frontier Science Program


Long-term fellowship of the Human Frontier Science Program