Sebastian Werneburg, PhD

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sebastian Werneburg earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Leibniz University Hannover in Germany in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Biomedicine from the Hannover Medical School in Germany in 2010. He then attended graduate school at the Hannover Medical School in Herbert Hildebrandt’s lab, where he investigated how posttranslational modification with the unique glycan polysialic acid regulates neuroinflammation and myelin repair. In 2015, Sebastian graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience and subsequently started his postdoctoral training in Dorothy Schafer’s lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In his postdoc, he identified microglia-mediated synapse loss as separable neurodegenerative feature in demyelinating disease and developed a protective gene therapeutic approach that blocked synapse elimination and preserved circuit function. Based off this work, Sebastian now aims to establish his independent research group dedicated to study inflammatory mechanisms that drive neurodegeneration in neurological diseases.