May-Britt Moser

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    Professor, Centre for the Biology of Memory, NTNU, Norway


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    Grid Cells

    Scholarpedia, 2(7):3394.
    (with E. Moser)

    May-Britt Moser

    May-Britt Moser (b. in Fosnavåg, Norway in 1963) graduated in Psychology from the University of Oslo in 1990 and obtained her PhD in Neurophysiology in 1995, under the supervision of Per Anderson. She went on to undertake postdoctoral training with Richard Morris at the University of Edinburgh and John O’Keefe at the University College London. In 1996, together with Edvard Moser she set up her own group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

    She is now a Professor of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine at NTNU where she co-founded the Centre for the Biology of Memory in 2002 and the Kavli Institute for System Neuroscience in 2007. She is a member of the Norwegian Academies of Sciences and Technological Sciences and has received several international awards, in particular the W. Alden Spencer Award of Columbia University in 2005, the Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences in 2006, the Eric K. Fernström’s Great Nordic Prize in 2008 and the Louis-Jeantet Prize together with Edvard Moser in 2011. From 2013, she will serve as the Director of a new Norwegian Centre for Excellence, the Centre for Neural Computation.

    Dr. Moser’s group uses a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches, and a diversity of anatomical, physiological, and behavioural techniques to investigate how information is encoded, stored and used in corticohippocampal systems. Her pioneering scientific achievements include the discovery of “grid cells” in the entorhinal cortex and other types of cells which play a key role in navigation such as “direction” and “border” cells. Her work has been instrumental in understanding the spatial memory circuitry and the underlying computational mechanisms.

    For more information about Dr. Moser's work, please see:

    (originally featured 25 November 2012)

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