Axel Nimmerjahn

Associate Professor

Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos

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Curb Your Immune Enthusiasm

Normally when we think of viruses, from the common cold to HIV, we want to boost people’s immunity to fight them. But for scientists who develop therapeutic viruses (to, for example, target cancer cells or correct gene deficiencies) a more important question is: How do we keep people’s natural immune responses at bay? In these cases, an overenthusiastic immune response actually undermines the therapy.


New Insight Into Pain Sensation

A microscope about the size of a penny is giving scientists a new window into the everyday activity of cells within the spinal cord. The innovative technology revealed that astrocytes—cells in the nervous system that do not conduct electrical signals and were traditionally viewed as merely supportive—unexpectedly react to intense sensation.
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Education

MS, Physics, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research/University of Heidelberg, Germany
PhD, Physics, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research/University of Heidelberg, Germany
Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology and Applied Physics, Stanford University, U.S.A.


Awards & Honors

  • 2013 NIH EUREKA Award
  • 2012 NIH Director's New Innovator Award
  • 2011 Whitehall Foundation Award
  • 2011 Rita Allen Scholar Award
  • 2006 Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2006 Du Bois-Reymond Award
  • 2006 Otto Hahn Medal and Award

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