Harald Sontheimer, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Professor, School of Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Director, VTCRI Center for Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer
I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science, Virginia Tech
Commonwealth Eminent Scholar in Cancer Research
Dr. Harald Sontheimer researches the biology of glial cells, the brain's most abundant cell type. He is credited with making foundational discoveries on the functional properties of glial cells in the brain, including the localization and mechanisms of a range of receptors and ion channels that were previously thought to exist only on nerve cells.
Currently, Dr. Sontheimer studies the molecular structure and activity of glial cells in health, cancer, and other diseases. He and his research team work to understand the mechanisms underpinning the functions of glial cells, and how these functions may fault.
Dr. Sontheimer also currently serves on several councils and committees, including the Scientific Advisory Board "Cure Epilepsy", the Scientific Advisory Board for the MIT Press, the Society for Neurochemistry Program Committee, the American Brain Tumor Association Scientific Advisory Council, and the College of CSR Reviewers. He previously served on the Scientific Advisory Board for The Max Plank Society. He also served as an editorial board member, in various capacities, for the Journal of Neuroscience Letters, Glial, Jounal of Neuroscience Research, Glial-Neuronal Biology, NeuroReport.
For a full listing of Dr. Sontheimer's publications, visit PubMed.
Education and Training
- University of Heidelberg: PhD , Cell Biology and Biophysics
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
Professor, Department of Neurobiology
Director, Center for Glial Biology in Medicine
Director, Civitan International Research Center
Director, Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
- Yale University, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurobiology
Awards and Honors
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, 2011
- Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010
- McNulty Civitan Scientist Award, 2004
- Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Member, European Society for Neuroscience