Faculty & Staff Directory
- Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
MS/BS in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)
Dr. Holger Dannenberg joined the Department of Bioengineering and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience as Assistant Professor at George Mason University in 2021. He completed his Ph.D. summa cum laude in Neuroscience at the University of Bonn, Germany, in 2015 and was awarded a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship from the German Research Foundation and a K99/R00 career development award by the NINDS of the NIH that he both fulfilled in the Center of Systems Neuroscience at Boston University, Boston, MA.
Office hours: Fridays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, room #210 at Krasnow or by appointment via Zoom
The Dannenberg lab in the Krasnow Institute at George Mason University studies neural mechanisms underlying the coding of spatial memory and spatial navigation using a combination of experimental techniques including multiple single unit recordings, optogenetics, and fiber photometry in freely behaving mice. The ultimate goal is to understand neural mechanisms of spatial memory and memory-guided navigation that are often impaired in various neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Keywords: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying spatial memory and memory-guided navigation; the septo-hippocompal memory circuit; theta oscillations; cholinergic modulation; integration of internal and external cues; in-vivo electrophysiology; multiple single unit recordings in freely behaving mice; fiber photometry; computational models.
2020 Dannenberg, H., Lazaro, H., Nambiar, P., Hoyland, A., & Hasselmo, M. E. (2020). Effects of visual inputs on neural dynamics for coding of location and running speed in medial entorhinal cortex. ELife, 9, e62500. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.625002019
2019 Dannenberg, H., Kelley, C., Hoyland, A., Monaghan, C. K., & Hasselmo, M. E. (2019). The firing rate speed code of entorhinal speed cells differs across behaviorally relevant time scales and does not depend on medial septum inputs. The Journal of Neuroscience, 39(18), 3434–3453. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1450-18.2019
2017 Dannenberg, H., Young, K., & Hasselmo, M. (2017). Modulation of hippocampal circuits by muscarinic and nicotinic receptors. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 11, 102. https://doi.org/10.3389/fncir.2017.00102
2016 Dannenberg, H., Hinman, J. R., & Hasselmo, M. E. (2016). Potential roles of cholinergic modulation in the neural coding of location and movement speed. Journal of Physiology, Paris, 110(1–2), 52–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphysparis.2016.09.002
2015 Dannenberg, H., Pabst, M., Braganza, O., Schoch, S., Niediek, J., Bayraktar, M., Mormann, F., & Beck, H. (2015). Synergy of direct and indirect cholinergic septo-hippocampal pathways coordinates firing in hippocampal networks. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(22), 8394–8410. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4460-14.2015
Full list of publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1noRuObD1zRIaZ/bibliography/public/
K99/R00 Career Transition Award of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health, K99NS116129
Two-year postdoctoral research fellowship of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
Trainee Professional Career Development Award of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.
‘Summa cum laude’ honor for Ph.D. thesis work at University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany).