Dr. Thomas Heimburg
A sound theory for nerves - Communication in the brain as a purely physical phenomenon
Thomas Heimburg

Professor for biophysics at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He received his PhD at the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 1989. From 1989-1992, he was a postdoc in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. He obtained his Habilitation degree in biophysics from the University of Göttingen in 1995. He was recipient of a Heisenberg fellowship in 1997 and leader of an independent junior research group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen from 1997-2003. He has been a member of the Niels Bohr Institute since 2003. His major research interest is the thermodynamics of biological membranes.

His most important studies are about the thermodynamics of nerves and the possibility of solitary pulses traveling along axons. Further interests include the thermodynamics of anesthesia and of channels in lipid membranes. Finally, he is interested in the nonequilibrium thermodynamics of adiabatic processes.

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