Dr. Braunewell obtained his PhD in biology in 1993 at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. After postdoctoral training he became head of his own research group at the Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, Germany in 1998, and he was Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Medical Faculty of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg. In 2000, he headed a research group at the Neuroscience Research Center (NWFZ) of the Charité, Berlin, and in 2007 became professor of physiology at the Johannes Müller-Institute, Medical Faculty - Charité, Berlin. Dr. Braunewell joined Southern Research in 2006 where he is currently an independent PI in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department of the Drug Discovery Division. He is also faculty at the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) and graduate school Biomedical Sciences (GBS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Throughout his research career, Dr. Braunewell has focused on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying brain function in health and disease, and he became an expert in neuronal calcium signaling. His work has led to more than 60 publications, six book chapters, and eight reviews. He serves as referee and on the editorial board of international funding agencies and peer-reviewed journals.