Edvard Moser

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Edvard Moser
Edvard Moser 2015.jpg
Edvard Moser, 2015
Born (1962-04-27) 27 April 1962 (age 57)
Ålesund, Norway
Residence Trondheim, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions Norwegian University of Science and Technology
University of Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Oslo
Known for Grid cells, place cells, border cells, neurons
Notable awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2014)
Spouse May-Britt Moser (1985–2016)

Edvard Ingjald Moser (born 27 April 1962) (pronounced [ɛdvɑɖ moːsɛr]) is a Norwegian psychologist, neuroscientist, and head of department of the Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. He is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology near Munich, Germany as a visiting researcher.[1]

Moser and his then-wife, May-Britt Moser, were educated at the University of Oslo and were appointed associate professors in psychology and neuroscience at NTNU in 1996. Together with their mentor John O'Keefe, they pioneered research on the brain's mechanism for representing space.

Moser has won several prizes, many together with May-Britt Moser (his wife and collaborator), including the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, and the Karl Spencer Lashley Award. In 2014 they shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with John O'Keefe. The prize was awarded for work identifying the place cells that make up the brain's positioning system. Moser also became a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2014.

Early life

Moser was born in Ålesund to German parents who had emigrated from Germany to Norway in the 1950s. His mother originally was from Essen and his father from Kronberg im Taunus. The Moser family initially lived at Haramsøya, where his father, a pipe organ builder, was employed. Later they relocated, first to Hareid and then to Ålesund.[2][3][4]

Edvard Moser married May-Britt Moser in 1985 when they were both students.[5] They announced that they are divorcing in 2016.[6]


Edvard Moser was awarded the cand.psychol. degree in psychology from the University of Oslo in 1990 and the dr.philos. doctoral research degree in the field of neurophysiology in 1995.[7] He also has studied mathematics and statistics.[8] Early in his career, he worked under the supervision of Per Andersen.

Moser went on to undertake postdoctoral training with Richard G. Morris at the Centre for Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, from 1995 to 1997,[9] and was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the laboratory of John O'Keefe at the University College, London for two months.

Moser returned to Norway in 1996 to be appointed associate professor in biological psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, which he held until 1998. In the same year, Moser was promoted to a position as full professor of Neuroscience at NTNU. Moser is also head of department of the NTNU Institute for Systems Neuroscience.

He is a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters,[10] Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,[11] and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.[12]

He is also an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.[9]



Edvard Moser has been a member of the board of reviewing editors in science since 2004 and he has been reviewing editor for Journal of Neuroscience since 2005. Edvard Moser chaired the programme committee of the European Neuroscience meeting (FENS Forum) in 2006.

Selected publications

  • Moser, E.I., Mathiesen, I. & Andersen, P. (1993). Association between brain temperature and dentate field potentials in exploring and swimming rats. Science, 259, 1324-1326.
  • Brun, V.H., Otnæss, M.K., Molden, S., Steffenach, H.-A., Witter, M.P., Moser, M.-B., Moser, E.I. (2002). Place cells and place representation maintained by direct entorhinal-hippocampal circuitry. Science, 296, 2089-2284.
  • Fyhn, M., Molden, S., Witter, M.P., Moser, E.I. and Moser, M.-B. (2004). Spatial representation in the entorhinal cortex.Science, 305, 1258-1264.
  • Leutgeb, S., Leutgeb, J.K., Treves, A., Moser, M.-B. and Moser, E.I. (2004). Distinct ensemble codes in hippocampal areas CA3 and CA1. Science, 305, 1295-1298.
  • Leutgeb, S., Leutgeb, J.K., Barnes, C.A., Moser, E.I., McNaughton, B.L., and Moser, M.-B (2005). Independent codes for spatial and episodic memory in the hippocampus. Science, 309, 619-623.
  • Hafting, T., Fyhn, M., Molden, S., Moser, M.-B., and Moser, E.I. (2005). Microstructure of a spatial map in the entorhinal cortex.Nature, 436, 801-806.
  • Colgin, L.L, and Moser, E.I. (2006). Rewinding the memory record. Nature, 440, 615-617.
  • Sargolini, F., Fyhn, M., Hafting, T., McNaughton, B.L., Witter, M.P., Moser, M.-B., and Moser, E.I. (2006). Conjunctive representation of position, direction and velocity in entorhinal cortex. Science, 312, 754-758.
  • Leutgeb, J.K., Leutgeb, S., Moser, M.-B., and Moser, E.I. (2007). Pattern separation in dentate gyrus and CA3 of the hippocampus. Science, 315, 961-966.
  • Fyhn, M., Hafting, T., Treves, A., Moser, M.-B. and Moser, E.I. (2007). Hippocampal remapping and grid realignment in entorhinal cortex. Nature, 446, 190-194.
  • Hafting, T., Fyhn, M., Bonnevie, T., Moser, M.-B. and Moser, E.I. (2008). Hippocampus-independent phase precession in entorhinal grid cells. Nature 453, 1248-1252.
  • Kjelstrup, K.B., Solstad, T., Brun, V.H., Hafting, T., Leutgeb, S., Witter, M.P., Moser, E.I. and Moser, M.-B. (2008). Finite scales of spatial representation in the hippocampus. Science 321, 140-143.
  • Solstad, T., Boccara, C.N., Kropff, E., Moser, M.-B. and Moser, E.I. (2008). Representation of geometric borders in the entorhinal cortex. Science, 322, 1865-1868.
  • Moser, E.I., Moser, M-B. (2011). Crystals of the brain. EMBO Mol. Med. 3, 1-4.
  • Moser, E.I., Moser, M-B. (2011). Seeing into the future. Nature, 469, 303-4
  • Jezek, K., Henriksen, EJ., Treves, A., Moser, E.I. and Moser, M-B. (2011). Theta-paced flickering between place-cell maps in the hippocampus. Nature, 478, 246-249.
  • Giocomo, LM., Moser, E.I., Moser, M-B. (2011) Grid cells use HCN1 channels for spatial scaling. Cell, 147, 1159-1170.
  • Igarashi, KM., Lu L., Colgin LL., Moser M-B., Moser EI. (2014) Coordination of entorhinal-hippocampal ensemble activity during associative learning. Nature 510, 143-7.


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