Group leader

Dr Pascal Malkemper studied neurobiology at the University of Bochum from 2005 to 2011. He developed a keen interest in sensory biology, being fascinated by the diverse functional anatomy of sensory organs in different species. Having a passion for non-standard model organisms, he performed his doctoral studies on red fox sensory biology under the supervision of Hynek Burda in Germany and the Czech Republic. For his PhD thesis, he received the prestigious Fritz-Frank Award of the German Society for Mammalian Biology. During his PhD studies, he became interested in the mole-rats housed next to his office in the Burda lab. After having graduated in 2014, Pascal managed to get two starting grants that allowed him to pursue independent projects on the mole-rat magnetic sense in the Burda lab. In 2016, he moved to Vienna joining the Keays lab at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) to work on the molecular basis of the magnetic sense of pigeons. Starting in October 2019, Pascal will focus on the magnetic sense of mammals again, as the leader of the Max Planck Research Group ‘Neurobiology of Magnetoreception’. The long-term goal of the group is to map the neural machinery that is involved in magnetic orientation in mole-rats and mice, from the magnetoreceptors to the higher brain circuits.

Scientific career

2019-

Max Planck Research Group Leader, research center caesar

2016-2019

PostDoc, Keays Lab, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria

2014-2016

PostDoc, Burda Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2011-2014

PhD Student, Burda Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2005-2011

MSc in Neurobiology, University of Bochum, Germany


Fellowships

2015-2017

Global Young Faculty IV

2012-2014

PhD scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)

2008-2011

Scholarship, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung)


Grants and awards

2016

Volkswagen Foundation Experiment! Grant (A117492)

2016

Starting grant of the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (An-2016-0003)

2015

Starting grant for excellent young scientists at the University of Duisburg-Essen

2015

Fritz-Frank Award of the German Society for Mammalian Biology (DGS)

Dr. Pascal Malkemper
Group Leader