“We are our memories”


Prof Dr Christian Doeller is Acting Director of the The Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits and Professor of Medicine and Neuroscience at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at NTNU and St Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway and Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He was the Speaker of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience (2012-2015) and actively supports the careers of next-generation scientists.

Christian received his undergraduate training at several German Universities (Würzburg, HU Berlin, and Bonn), including research and clinical visits at two Max-Planck Institutes (Munich and Leipzig) and the Department of Epileptology at University Hospital Bonn.

After finishing his PhD with Prof Axel Mecklinger in Saarbrücken, he worked for several years as a Research Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow at University College London, UK with Prof Neil Burgess at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience/Institute of Neurology and in close collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (FIL) and Prof John O’Keefe‘s electrophysiology group at the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology.

Scientific achievements

Christian has published numerous papers in the top scientific journals, such as Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, PNAS, PLoS Biology, Current Biology, Biological Psychiatry, and eLife.

He received the most competitive early and mid-career fellowships in Europe (ERC Starting Grant and ERC Consolidator Grant), the Netherlands (NWO Vidi Grant), and Germany (Humboldt Foundation Sofja Kovalevskaja Award).

Christian has been awarded almost 7 million Euro in research funding in the last 6 years. He has been invited to give numerous lectures at prestigious centres worldwide and is involved in promoting public engagement with science.

Science policy

Christian is actively involved in science policy-related initiatives. He pursues the idea that societies can only thrive if governmental decisions are based on scientific evidence, and he strongly believes that science needs to play a greater role in policy making.

Christian is co-founder and was a board member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), a pan-European initiative of outstanding scientists and scholars who aim to influence science policy and contribute to the development of the European science agenda for the upcoming decades. In this role, Christian regularly participated in science-policy meetings with the European Commission (e.g. initiative on ‘Open science 2030’) and the European Parliament (e.g. initiative ‘European Research Area – a Maastricht for Research’). He was also co-applicant of the COST Targeted Network – Next Generation of Young Scientist: Towards a Contemporary Spirit of R&I.