Amit Agarwal, PhD
Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Group Leader
Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology
Dr. Amit Agarwal is the Chica and Heinz Schaller Research Group Leader at the Institute for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Heidelberg University, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in neurosciences at the Max-Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Goettingen, Germany. He performed his post-doctoral training in glial cell physiology from 2010 to 2017 in the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, USA. The Agarwal laboratory uses optical and electron microscopic techniques, single-cell genetics, mouse transgenics, multi-omics approaches, and computational methodologies to decipher cellular connectivity and molecular pathways by which neurons and glia (e.g., astrocytes and oligodendrocytes) interact, interconnect and integrate into the brain. The focal aim of his laboratory is to understand the functional role of neuron-glia and glia-glia connectivity in the neural circuits function and neurometabolism. His lab studies how disruptions in such cell-cell interactions contribute to the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, including multiple sclerosis and autism.