Biography & Research:
With a degree in biochemistry from the University of Tübingen Germany, Dirk obtained his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Biology Germany. He then joined the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, USA,
during a post-doctoral fellowship. From 1991-97, Dr. Montag investigated mouse mutants for neuronal cell recognition
molecules at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, as a senior research assitant. In 1997, he established a research group at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg Germany and was appointed in 2007 as head of the Neurogenetics Special Laboratory. Dr. Montag’s work focuses on the investigation of learning and memory in
mouse mutants and the preclinical evaluation of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. His recent work established an essential role of neuroplastin for associative learning and resulted in the first genetically inducible model for retrograde amnesia.