Holger Dannenberg

Mason bioengineering assistant professor Holger Dannenberg
Titles and Organizations

Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering

Contact Information

Building: Krasnow Institute
Room 210 
Phone: (703) 993-6586
Email: hdannenb@gmu.edu
Pronouns: He/Him/His


Holger Dannenberg's studies in the molecular biomedicine program at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany taught him the scientific basis of medicine and provided him with an understanding of disease mechanisms. As a student, his interest in neuroscience and immunology led him to pursue his diploma thesis on studying microglia and their role in Alzheimer’s disease. Dannenberg continued this inquiry in his PhD thesis in Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research in Bonn, Germany studying neuronal ensembles, neural engrams, and their modulation by acetylcholine in-vivo. After finishing his PhD thesis, he joined the laboratory of Michael E. Hasselmo in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued experimental and computational work on the cholinergic role in memory. In 2021, Dannenberg joined the Department of Bioengineering and Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience as an assistant professor. His lab investigates the mechanisms and functions underlying the formation of memory and memory-guided navigation with a focus on the septohippocampal brain circuitry.