Short CV/Education and training

  • 2013 – 2022
    Founding director, Centre for Neural Computations, NTNU

  • Since 2007
    Founding Co-Director, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU

  • 2002 – 2012
    Founding Co-Director, Centre for the Biology of Memory, NTNU

  • 2001 – 2002
    Head of Section for Biol. and Cognitive Psychology, NTNU

  • Since 2000
    Professor of Neuroscience, NTNU

  • 1996 – 2000
    Associate Professor of Biological Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

  • 1996
    Visiting postdoctoral fellow at the laboratory of John O'Keefe at the University College, London

  • 1995 – 1996
    Research Fellow, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oslo

  • 1995
    Ph.D. in Neurophysiology under the supervision of Per Andersen, University of Oslo

  • 1992 – 1996
    Visiting pre- and postdoctoral fellow at the laboratory of Richard Morris, Centre for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh

  • 1990
    Cand. Psychol., Psychology, University of Oslo

  • 1982 – 1983
    Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics at the University of Oslo, Norway

  • 1963
    Born in Fosnavåg, Norway

Selected publications

  • Lu L, Leutgeb JK, Tsao A, Henriksen EJ, Leutgeb S, Barnes CA, Witter MP, Moser M-B and Moser EI (2013). Impaired hippocampal rate coding after lesions of the lateral entorhinal cortex. Nature Neurosci., 16, 1085-1093.

  • Moser EI and Moser M-B (2013). Grid cells and neural coding in high-end cortices. Neuron, 80, 765-774.

  • Giocomo LM, Stensola T, Bonnevie T, van Cauter T, Moser M-B and Moser EI (2014). Topography of head direction cells in medial entorhinal cortex. Current Biology, 24, 1-11.

  • Rowland, D.C. and Moser, M.-B. (2014). From cortical modules to memory. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol., in press.

  • Bjerknes TL, Moser EI, Moser, M-B (2014). Representation of geometric borders in the developing rat. Neuron, 82, 71-78.

  • Igarashi KM, Lu L, Colgin LL, Moser M-B, Moser EI (2014). Coordination of entorhinal-hippocampal ensemble activity during associative learning. Nature, 510, 143-147.

  • Moser EI, Roudi Y, Witter MP, Kentros C, Bonhoeffer T, Moser M-B (2014). Grid cells and cortical representation. Nature Rev. Neurosci., 15, 466-481.

  • Alme CB, Miao C, Jezek K, Treves A, Moser EI, Moser M-B (2014). Place cells in the hippocampus: Eleven maps for eleven rooms. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences USA, 111, 18428-18435.

  • Bjerknes TL, Langston RF, Kruge IU, Moser EI, Moser M-B (2015). Coherence among head direction cells before eye opening in rat pups. Current Biology, 25, 103-108.

  • Rowland DC, Moser M-B (2015). A three-dimensional neural compass. Nature, 517, 156-157.

    Stensola T, Stensola H, Moser M-B, Moser EI (2015). Shearing-induced asymmetry in entorhinal grid cells. Nature, 518, 207-212 (Article).

  • Ito HT, Zhang S-J, Witter MP, Moser EI, Moser M-B (2015). A prefrontal-thalamo-hippocampal circuit for goal-directed spatial coding. Nature, 522, 50-55 (Article).

  • Kropff E, Carmichael JE, Moser M-B, Moser EI (2015). Speed cells in medial entorhinal cortex. Nature, 523, 419-424 (Article).

  • Lu L, Igarashi KM, Witter MP, Moser EI, Moser M-B (2015). Topography of place maps along the CA3-to-CA2 axis of the hippocampus. Neuron, 87, 1078-1092.

  • Miao C, Cao Q, Ito HT, Yamahachi H, Witter MP, Moser M-B, Moser EI (2015). Hippocampal remapping after partial inactivation of the medial entorhinal cortex. Neuron, 88, 590-603.

  • Moser, M.-B., Moser EI (2016). Where am I? Where am I going? Scientific American, 314, 26-33.

  • Rowland, D.C, Roudi, Y., Moser, M.-B., Moser, E.I. (2016). Ten years of grid cells. Annual Reviews of Neuroscience, 39, 19-40.

  • Donato, F., Jacobsen, R.I., Moser, M.-B., Moser, E.I. (2017). Stellate cells drive maturation of the entorhinal-hippocampal circuit. Science, 355(6330), pii: eaai8178. (Research Article).

Selected projects


  • Since 2015 Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Center for Cortical Microcircuits, 6 M dollar from Braathen, 6 M dollar from Kavli, 25% ´gaveforsterkning´via Research Council

  • 2013 – 2022 Centre of Excellence Appointment by Norw. Res. Council: Total budget 175 million NOK (24 mill Euro) over 10 years

  • 2011 – 2015 European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant; individual grant, total of 20 million NOK over 5 years (2.5 M Euro)

  • Since 2008 Endowment from Kavli Foundation to establish Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience; total of 7 million NOK per year, including supplementary funding from NTNU. Unlimited in time

  • 2008 – 2012 James McDonnell Foundation: 3 million NOK over 5 years; collaborative grant with Fred Gage, Salk Institute, La Jolla

  • 2008 – 2010 European Commission Framework VII: Collaborative Project: Small or medium-scale focused research project: HEALTH-2007-2.2.1-2: Coding in neuronal assemblies. 22 million NOK (3 mill. Euro; 20% to M/E Moser). Collaboration with 9 leading European neuroscience groups. Coordinator

  • 2008 – 2010 Norwegian Research Council (FRIBIOFYS): 3 million NOK over 3 years

  • 2007 – 2010 Functional Genomics Programme II of the Norwegian Research Council: 10 MNOK

  • 2007 – 2009 Norwegian Research Council (NevroNor): 4.5 million NOK over 3 years

  • 2002 – 2012 Centre of Excellence Appointment by Norw. Res. Council: Total budget 256 million NOK (35.5 mill Euro) over 10 years (100 MNOK from Research Council)

  • 2001 – 2005 Norwegian Research Council (Medicine and Health): "Medicine and Health Group", 12.5 million NOK over 5 years (8.5 mill. to M/E Moser). Joint project with Mustaparta and Biegler

  • 2000 – 2003 Norwegian Research Council (Science and Technology): Strategic University Programme,

    7.0 million NOK (3.5 mill. to M/E Moser). Joint project with Mustaparta and Valberg

  • 2000 – 2003 European Commission Framework V "Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources Work Program / Research and technological development activities of a generic nature": 15.4 million NOK (1.9 mill. Euro; 20% to M/E Moser). Collaboration with 6 leading European neuroscience groups (Morris, Paulsen, Witter, Frey, Donnett, Bures/Fenton)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Francis Crick centre in London, since 2017

  • National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2016

  • Member of the Louis Jeantet Prize committee, since 2015

  • International member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA), since 2015

  • Elected International Member of the American Philosophical Society (USA), since 2015

  • Elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 2014

  • Member of programme committee for FENS Forum 2014 in Milan, 2012 – 2013

  • Elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), since 2012

  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, since 2012

  • Elected member of Academia Europaea, since 2011

  • European Dana Alliance for Brain Research, since 2010

  • Elected member of The Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), since 2010

  • Panel Member for European Research Council Starting Grants (panel L S4 Neurosciences), 2007 – 2010

  • Elected member of The Norwegian Academy of Science, since 2005

  • Chairman of Board for Physiology and Pharmacology of Medicine and Health Division of the Norwegian Research Council, since 2004

  • Elected member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, since 2003

  • Member of National Board for neuroscience funding in Norway (NevroNor), since 2002

  • Member of Medical-Technology management team of NTNU, since 2001

  • Member of Board for Physiology and Pharmacology of Medicine and Health Division of the Norwegian Research Council, since 2000

  • Society for Neuroscience, since 1992

Editorial Boards

  • Hippocampus, since 2007

Referee tasks for

  • Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, European Journal of Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Hippocampus, and other journals

Grant proposals

  • The Wellcome Trust, National Science Foundation, The Norwegian Res. Council

Media coverage

  • Has appeared in local newspapers and in national television shows, including twice on Scandinavia's most popular talk show: "Skavlan"

  • Research is frequently quoted in international newspapers and magazines.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Hobbies and interests: ethics, music, literature, travelling, spending time at sea, playing with my dog and run with him


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  1. Nobel Prize for May-Britt Moser!

    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes with one half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser, and with another half to John O'Keefe for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

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