Magnus Kjærgaard


Synaptic plasticity and intra-cellular signaling complexes in memory formation


Magnus Kjærgaard is Team Leader at DANDRITE and AIAS Cofund Junior Fellow at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.

The Kjærgaard group studies the role of proteins in the post-synaptic density in memory and learning. We would like to explain how synaptic activity changes the properties and abundance of synaptic proteins and how newly synthesized proteins know which synapses to get trafficked to. We are particularly interest in a the intrinsically disordered intra-cellular domain of glutamate receptors and their interactions with scaffolding proteins in the synaptic spine. Recently, we have also begun exploring liquid-liquid phase separation in the post-synaptic density, and how the physical association of biomolecules affects signalling pathways. Our technical expertise is mainly centered on protein dynamics, which we characterize with single molecule fluorescence techniques and NMR spectroscopy.

 

Magnus Kjærgaard is the recipient of the Villum Fonden's Young Investigator Programme 2016 grant of 5 million DKK.





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2017.05.05 | Awards

DANDRITE researchers receive DFF-Research Project Grants from the Danish Council for Independent Research

Core group leaders Anders Nykjær and Poul Nissen, group leader Sadegh Nabavi and team leader Magnus Kjærgaard are all recipients of research grants from the FNU, FSS and FTP sections of DFF.

2016.03.15 | People

New Team Leader Magnus Kjærgaard - Neurotransmitter receptors and effective concentrations in signalling complexes

Magnus Kjærgaard is appointed Team Leader at DANDRITE per 15 March 2016, as an expert in the use of single molecule fluorescence techniques and NMR spectroscopy. He will use these techniques to study the structural dynamics the intra-cellular domains of glutamate receptors and its associated signalling complexes. He is investigating how the…

Photo by Lars Kruse, Aarhus University

2016.01.25 | Awards

Magnus Kjærgaard is awarded prestigious grant

Magnus Kjærgaard is awarded a large grant of DKK 5 mio. by Villum Fonden's Young Investigator Programme 2016, supporting young, talented researchers. The grant will allow Magnus to investigate how the physical association of biomolecules affects signalling pathways. Magnus Kjærgaard is postdoctoral fellow affiliated Group Leader Poul Nissen's…

2015.09.29 | Awards

AIAS-COFUND Marie Curie Fellowships awarded to Magnus Kjærgaard

Magnus Kjærgaard from Poul Nissen’s group has been awarded the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) AIAS-COFUND Marie Curie Fellowship, which will fund his research for 3 years from February 2016. In his research he will use single molecule fluorescence techniques and NMR spectroscopy to study the structural dynamics the intra-cellular…

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