Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1991; German Biophysicist
Erwin Neher has been Research Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany until 2011. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Institute of Technology in Munich, and did postdoctoral research in the Physiology Department at Yale University. In 1989, he spent a sabbatical at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests have focused on studies of ion channels and neuronal signaling. More recently, he concentrated on mechanisms of hormone- as well as neurotransmitter-release and synaptic plasticity.
For his development of the patch clamp technique for recording of ion channel activity, he received the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (together with Bert Sakmann). Erwin Neher is also a member, or a foreign member of several national and international academies, with numerous honorary degrees.
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