Birgitte Rahbek Kornum
Ph.D, Group Leader
Birgitte is an expert in the molecular biology of narcolepsy and sleep in general. Her current research focuses on the neuroimmunological aspects of narcolepsy.
She has a Ph.D in neuroscience from University of Copenhagen during which she worked at Neurobiology Research Unit, Rigshospitalet with professor Gitte Moos Knudsen.
As a guest researcher in professor Deniz Kirik's laboratory, Lund University, she learned viral vector technology and applied this technique to newborn pigs.
During her post doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, mentored by the world renowned professor Emmanuel Mignot, she was trained in sleep science and neuroimmunology, and also worked in close collaboration with multiple sclerosis researchers professor Larry Steinman and post doc Robert Axtell, immunologist professor Elisabeth Mellins, and the founder of T-cell research professor Mark Davis and his lab.
Birgitte has always strived for high quality research, and was in 2011 presented with the Young Investigator of the Year Award from the American Association of Sleep Medicine.