Prof. Dr. Olga Garaschuk
Chair for Neurophysiology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
Olga Garaschuk holds the Chair for Neurophysiology (W3) at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen since 2008. She is an elected member of Academia Europaea; Chair of the PhD program “Experimental Medicine” at the University of Tübingen; a Board member of the Erwin-Riesch-Foundation; a Member of the steering committee at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Tübingen; a Member of the scientific advisory board of the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (Bonn), a scientific reviewer of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK); a scientific advisory board member of the Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology (Göttingen University) and a Mentor at the Helmholtz Leadership Academy. Her research (supported by e.g. DFG, VolkswagenStiftung, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and Horizon 2020) focuses on (i) functional analysis of neuronal networks in vivo, especially in context of perception of sensory stimuli; (ii) interactions between the nervous and the immune systems of the brain as well (iii) aging and neurodegeneration (in particular, Alzheimer disease). Among her scientific achievements is development of several techniques for functional in vivo imaging of neural networks, pioneering research on in vivo Ca2+-signaling in microglia (a type of neuroglia (glial cell) located throughout the brain and spinal cord) as well as adult neural stem cells.
Olga Garaschuk graduated in physico-chemical biology from the Moscow Institute for Physics & Technology (MFTI) with top honors. She gained her PhD at the Bogomoletz Institute for Physiology in Kyiv in 1992, and moved first to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and thereafter to the Institute of Physiology at the University of Saarland, where she was awarded the Irène Curie habilitation Scholarship. She habilitated in Physiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich in 2003. Before moving to Tübingen Olga Garaschuk was appointed as Professor for Neuroimaging (W2) at the Institute of Neuroscience of the Technical University in Munich (2006).
Olga Garaschuk co-founded the UKRainian Academic International NETwork (UKRAINET), in 2015, and the German-Ukrainian Academic Society (DUAG), in 2016, and she serves as DUAG president since. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, is married and has three daughters.