Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2016
    Head of the Functional Architecture of Memory, Department at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, Germany

  • Since 2016
    Co-director of the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg, Germany

  • Since 2016
    Professor (W3) in Functional Neuroplasticity at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

  • 2010 – 2016
    W2 Mercator Professor, Mercator Research Group, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

  • 2008 – 2010
    Research Assistant Professor, Eichenbaum laboratory, Boston University, USA

  • 1997 – 2002
    Promotion: PhD focus area Neurosciences (Marie Curie Research grant)

  • 1996 – 1997
    Diplôme d’études approfondies in Neurosciences (2nd year M. Sc), Bordeaux University, France

  • 1995 – 1996
    Maitrise in Biochemistry (1st year M.Sc), Lille University, France

  • 1992 – 1995
    Licence (B.Sc.) in Biology/Biochemistry, Lille I University, France

Selected publications

  • Beer Z, Vavra P, Atucha E, Rentzing K, Heinze HJ, Sauvage MM. 2018. The memory for time and space differentially engages the proximal and distal parts of the hippocampal subfields CA1 and CA3. Plos biology, 6(8).

  • Lux V, Masseck OA, Herlitze S, Sauvage MM. 2017. Optogenetic Destabilization of the Memory Trace in CA1: Insights into Reconsolidation and Retrieval Processes. CerebCortex. 27(1): 841-851.

  • Lux V, Kitsukawa T and Sauvage MM. 2016. Imaging a memory trace over half a life-time in the medial temporal lobe reveals a time-limited role of CA3 in retrieval. eLife. 5:e11862.

  • Nakamura NH, Sauvage MM. 2015. Encoding and reactivation patterns predictive of successful memory performance are topographically organized along the longitudinal axis of the hippocampus. Hippocampus. 26(1):67-75.

  • Trossbach S, Bader V, Hecher V, Prikulis I, Pum M, Schäble S, de Souza Silva MA, Huston J, Su P, Ramsey A, Liu F, Massoud S, Boulat B, Chwiesko C, Sauvage MM et al. 2015. Misassembly of full- length Disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) protein is linked to altered dopamine homeostasis and behavioral deficits. Molecular Psychiatry. 21(11) 1561-1572.

  • Kabanova A, Pabst M, Lorkowski M, Braganza O, Boehlen A, Nikbakht N, Pothmann L, Vaswani AR, Musgrove R, Di Monte DA, Sauvage MM et al. 2015. Function and developmental origin of a mesocortical inhibitory circuit. Nat Neurosci. 18(6):872-82.

  • Nakamura N, Flasbeck V, Maingret N, Kitsukawa T, Sauvage MM. 2013. Proximodistal segregation of non-spatial information in CA3: preferential involvement of a proximal CA3-distal CA1 network in non-spatial recognition memory? J. Neurosci. 33:11506-14.

  • Eichenbaum H, Sauvage MM, Fortin N, Komorowski R, Lipton P. 2011. Towards a functional organization of episodic memory in the medial temporal lobe. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 36:1597-1608.

  • Sauvage MM, Beer Z, Ho L, Eichenbaum H. 2010. The caudal medial entorhinal cortex: a selective role in recollection-based recognition memory. J. Neurosci. 30:15695-15699.

  • Sauvage MM, Fortin N, Owens C, Yonelinas AP, Eichenbaum H. 2008. Recognition memory: opposite effects of hippocampal damage on recollection and familiarity. Nat Neurosci 11:16-8.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • CRC1436 steering committee member

  • Reviewer for ERC starting grants

  • Grant reviewer for the Fondation de la Recherche Médicale, France; Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF), Austria

  • Member of the editorial board of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

  • Ad hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (Nature Neuroscience, PLOS biology, Brain, Cerebral cortex, Hippocampus, Learning and Memory, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory etc …)

  • Elected member of the Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS), USA

Media coverage

  • MDR Sachsen-Anhalt heute (23.05.2018): Interview with Prof. Dr. Magdalena Sauvage (4th Functional Architecutre of Memory Conference, Memory Research at LIN)

  • MDF1 (4.6.2018): Functional Architecture of Memory group on 13th Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft 2018

  • MDR Wissen (13.09.2018): Wie erinnern wir uns an unseren ersten Schultag?

  • Laborpraxis Vogel (13.09.2018): Wo liegt die Erinnerung an unsere Einschulung?

  • Science Trends (25.09.2018): How Does The Brain Manage Everyday Memory Events?

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Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of three


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