Jonas Sauer




Universität Freiburg

Physiologisches Institut I


Imagine we’re in an elevator and you have until we reach our floor to pitch your project/idea.

What’s your elevator pitch?

Microglia are critical modulators of neuronal activity, but their impact on inhibitory neurons is poorly understood. This project aims at revealing the effects of microglia-interneuron interactions on network functions.

What fascinates you about your project?

Microglia are the main immune cells of the brain, but their role in regulating neuronal function has only been recognized in recent years. Diving into their specific function in the modulation of interneurons is an exciting new avenue of research.

How did you come to work in the field of Neuroscience?

I came in contact with neuroscience during my studies of molecular medicine. At the time, I was fascinated by neurons and their connections amongst each other.

What does your family think you do for a living?

They think I try to understand how the brain works, however vaguely defined that may be in their minds.