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May-Britt Moser
May-Britt Moser 2014.jpg
Moser in 2014.
(Photographer: Henrik Fjørtoft / NTNU Communication Division)
Born 4 January 1963 (1963-01-04) (age 57)
Fosnavåg, Norway
Nationality Norwegian
Alma mater University of Oslo
Known for Grid cells, Neurons
Spouse(s) Edvard Moser (1985–2016)
Children 2
Awards Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine (2011)
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2014)
Scientific career
Fields Neuroscience, Psychology
Institutions Norwegian University of Science and Technology
University of Edinburgh
Doctoral advisor Per Andersen

May-Britt Moser is a Norwegian psychologist and neuroscientist.

Life

Moser was born on Jan 4, 1962 in Fosnavåg, on a coastal island north of Bergen, Norway. She married Edvard Moser as a student of the University of Oslo in 1985. They had two kids, Isabel and Ailin. The Mosers were directors and coordinators of the Kavil Institute for systems Neuroscience and the Centre for Neural Computation at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for many years, but they divorced in 2016.

Career

Each earned a PhD in neurobiology in 1995. She used rats as test subjects during her research because their nervous system is very similar to humans. They discovered brain cells that allow animals to move from one place to another. These are called grid cells, and they fire when the rats pass a certain location. Over time, this helped the rats move purposely around the room and navigate their surroundings. The Mosers won a Nobel Prize, an important award. She won this award in 2014 and shared this with John O’Keefe, another neuroscientist. They also won the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.


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