Short CV/Education and training

  • Currently Group leader Cellular Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, Epilepsy Centre, at Department of Clinical Sciences, Medical Faculty, Lund University.

  • Swedish Society for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship and Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, at Department of Clinical Sciences

    Lund University, mentor Professor Merab Kokaia, 2012 to 2015 studying Synaptic integration of human induced neurons using whole-cell patch-clamp and optogenetics.

  • Research Fellow at Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, 2010 to 2011. Gothenburg University, Göteborg, Sweden studying Astrocyte impact on short-term synaptic plasticity.

  • Graduated Doctor of Philosophy (medicine) in Physiology, September 2009-09-17 with the thesis: Astrocyte-mediated short-term synaptic depression. Faculty Opponent: Stephane Oliét, PhD, Institut Francois Magendie, Bordeaux Cedex, France.

  • Research Engineer at the department of Neuroscience and Physiology, Gothenburg University between July and December 2008, responsible for assembling a 2-photon laser-scanning microscopy setup together with electrophysiology.

  • 2004
    Gothenburg graduate school in Biomedicine

  • 2003
    MSci in Molecular biology, studying postnataldevelopment of potassium currents in hippocampal neurons.

Selected publications

  • *My Andersson*, Natalia Avaliani, Andreas Svensson, Jenny Wickham, Lars H. Pinborg, Bo Jespersen, Søren H. Christiansen, Johan Bengzon, David P.D. Woldbye, Merab Kokaia. (2016) “Optogenetic control of human neurons in organotypic brain cultures”. Scientific Reports, 6,24818.

  • Avaliani N, Andersson M, Runegaard AH, Woldbye D, Kokaia M. (2016) ”DREADDs suppress seizure-like activity in a mouse model of pharmacoresistant epileptic brain tissue”. Gene Ther. 2016 Aug 4.

  • Marco Ledri, Andreas Toft Sørensen, Marita Grønning Madsen, Søren Christiansen, Litsa Ledri, Alessandra Cifra, Johan Bengzon, Eva Lindberg, Lars Pinborg, Bo Jespersen, Casper Gøtzsche, David P.D. Woldbye, *My Andersson, and Merab Kokaia. (2015) Differential effect of neuropeptides on excitatory synaptic transmission in the human epileptic hippocampus. J Neurosci. 35(26):9622–9631.

  • N. Avaliani, A. Toft Sørensen, M. Ledri, J. Bengtzon, P. Koch, O. Brüstle, K. Deisseroth, ♮M. Andersson, ♮M. Kokaia (2014) Optogenetics reveal delayed afferent synaptogenesis on grafted human iPS cells. Stem Cells. 32(12):3088-98. ♮M.A. and M.K. are equivalent co-senior authors.

  • F. Berglind, M. Ledri,. A. Toft Sørensen, L. Nikitidou, M. Melis, P.Bielefeld, D. Kirik, K. Deisseroth, *M. Andersson and M. Kokaia (2014) Optogenetic inhibition of chemically induced hypersynchronized bursting in mice. Neurobiol. Dis. 65, 133–141.

  • Kokaia, M., *M. Andersson & M. Ledri (2013) An optogenetic approach in epilepsy. Neuropharmacology.

  • *M. Andersson & E. Hanse (2011) Astrocyte-mediated short-term synaptic depression in the rat hippocampal CA1 area: two modes of decreasing release probability. BMC Neurosci, 12, 87.

  • *M. Andersson & E. Hanse (2010) Astrocytes impose postburst depression of release probability at hippocampal glutamate synapses. J Neurosci, 30, 5776-80.

  • Wallen-Mackenzie, A., K. Nordenankar, K. Fejgin, M. C. Lagerstrom, L. Emilsson, R. Fredriksson, C. Wass, D. Andersson, E. Egecioglu, M. Andersson, J. Strandberg, O. Lindhe, H. B. Schioth, K. Chergui, E. Hanse, B. Langstrom, A. Fredriksson, L. Svensson, E. Roman & K. Kullander (2009) Restricted cortical and amygdaloid removal of vesicular glutamate transporter 2 in preadolescent mice impacts dopaminergic activity and neuronal circuitry of higher brain function. J Neurosci, 29, 2238-51.

  • *M. Andersson, F. Blomstrand & E. Hanse (2007) Astrocytes play a critical role in transient heterosynaptic depression in the rat hippocampal CA1 region. J Physiol, 585, 843-5.

  • Wasling, P., J. Daborg, I. Riebe, M. Andersson, E. Portelius, K. Blennow, E. Hanse & H. Zetterberg (2009) Synaptic retrogenesis and amyloid-beta in Alzheimer's disease. J Alzheimers Dis, 16, 1-14.

Complete list of publications

Media coverage

  • Organized World Epilepsy day with the topic “At the frontline of Science for the cure and treatment of Epilepsy” at Lund city Library, 20170213, together with the patient organization, Epilepsiförbundet Syd

    Invited speaker by the Swedish Epilepsy Society to present “Current Epilepsy Research” at their regional meeting for patients and relatives, 160820 in Valjeviken, Sweden.

  • Article in Neurologi Sverige, Nr 1/2016, Transmitters in human epileptic tissue, (Signalämnen i human epileptisk hjärnvävnad).

  • Invited speaker by the Swedish Epilepsy Society to present “Optogenetik och genteknik” at their regional meeting for patients and relatives, 150822 in Valjeviken, Sweden.

  • The brain can be controlled by light, (Hjärnan kan styras med ljus), Vetandets värld, Swedish Public radio, P1, 140925,

  • Optogenetik – möjlig framtida bot vid epilepsi, My Andersson and Merab Kokaia, Neurologi, number 2, 2013.

  • Astrocytes participate in synaptic short-term depression, (Astrocyter deltar i synaptisk korttidsplasticitet). Andersson, My och Hanse, Eric. Swedish medical magazine, nr 29–31 2010 volume 107

    Interview about memory formation in young children for the Swedish Magazine, ”Vi Föräldrar”, 2008.


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