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Gero Miesenboeck

Director, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

  • Waynflete Professor of Physiology

Gero Miesenböck studied medicine at the University of Innsbruck in his native Austria and did postdoctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was on the faculty of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Yale University before coming to Oxford in 2007. Gero is the founding director of the Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB).

He has received numerous international awards for the invention of optogenetics, including the InBev Baillet-Latour International Health Prize (2012), the Brain Prize (2013), the Heinrich Wieland Prize (2015), the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award (2016), and the Massry Prize (2016). Gero is a member of the Austrian and German Academies of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society.