Ileana Hanganu-Opatz

Professor Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, University of Hamburg, Germany

Prefrontal cortex: the developmental hub of cognitive ontogeny in health and disease

8:30 - 9:30‚Äč, Tuesday 16th April - The CCD Auditorium


Ileana Hanganu-Opatz leads the Research Unit "Developmental Neurophysiology“ at the Institute of Neuroanatomy, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She coordinates the Priority Program 1665 “Resolving and manipulating neuronal networks in the mammalian brain” and is member of the Executive Boards of the Collaborative Research Center 936 and Hamburg Center of Neuroscience.

Ileana was trained as biochemist and biologist, and started investigating how neuronal networks develop during a PhD at University of Düsseldorf.  This research led to studying activity-dependent wiring of the brain during postdoctoral training at INMED Marseille. 

For almost two decades, Ileana Hanganu-Opatz has been investigating the mechanisms that control the maturation of neuronal networks involved in sensory and cognitive processing. She has published several papers in high-impact scientific journals, such as Nature, Neuron, Nature Communications, PLOS Biology. 

See Ileana Hanganu-Opatz's website.

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