Lisa Genzel

Born in: USA
Primary research category: Neuroscience
Research location / employer: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Fellowship dates: 2014-2019

Academic Career

  • Associate Professor[nbsp]Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands 2021-present
  • Assistant Professor Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands 2017-2021
  • Research Collaboration and 3 month lab visit with F Battaglia, Donders Institute, Nijmegen/Netherlands 2014
  • Post-doctoral Fellow with RGM Morris funded by European Research Council Grant, Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, Univ. Edinburgh, Edinburgh/UK 2012-2016
  • Internship with M Kimura, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry Munich/Germany 2011
  • Post-doctoral Fellow with A Steiger, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich/Germany 2011-2012
  • MD thesis on sleep related memory consolidation, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich/Germany 2006–2010
  • Medical School, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich/Germany 2003–2010

Fellowship Research

During sleep recent memories are replayed in the hippocampus and the cortex, a process believed to be underlying systems memory consolidation leading to a cortical memory representation. This replay has been associated to an electrophysiological phenomenon in the hippocampus: the sharp wave ripple. In her research, Dr. Lisa Genzel will combine animal and human experiments to investigate this process. By actively manipulating sharp wave ripples and thus subsequent memory performance in animals and recording the neural correlates of sleep related consolidation with functional resonance imaging in humans, she will seek to show that sleep plays an active role in memory consolidation via systems reorganization.

Major Awards

  • KLEIN grant NWO 2022
  • Radboud Science Award 2022
  • Donders Cube for extraordinary efforts in outreach on animal research[nbsp]2021
  • Aspasia grant NWO[nbsp]2019
  • VIDI grant 2018
  • Young Investigator Award of the German Sleep Research Society (DGSM) 2016
  • Böhringer Ingelheim Fond Travel Grant for 3 month research training with Francesco Battaglia Donders Institute Nijmegen/Netherlands 2014
  • LMU stipend for Harvard Medical School 2009
  • Acceptance into the German National Merit Foundation 2009
  • Werner Heisenberg Medal (Werner Heisenberg Gymnasium Garching/Germany) 2001