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CV - David Paul Drucker Woldbye

Personel data

Name:             David Paul Drucker Woldbye
Born:              1963.09.27 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Position:          Associate Professor

Current place of employment

Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone:  +45 4015 6389
Fax: +45 3536 0116


1997       PhD, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
1996       Internship,  Dept. Orthopedic Surgery, Hvidovre Univ Hospital, Denmark
1993       Internship,  Dept. Internal Medicine, Roskilde Univ Hospital, Denmark
1997       MD, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark


Head of research group studying effects of neuropeptides in experimental models of epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as retina diseases. DREADDs and optogenetics, in situ hybridization, receptor autoradiography, functional binding assays, viral vectors, primary cell cultures are used.

Positions and training

1985-1990  Student researcher in the lab. of Dr. Jane Mellanby, Dept of Experimental Psychology, Univ of Oxford, United Kingdom; Student researcher in the laboratory of late Professor Niels A. Lassen, Bispebjerg Hospital, Dept of Clinical Physiology & Nuclear Medicine, DK

1990-1993  Student researcher at the Lab. of Neuropsychiatry, Dept of Pharmacology, Univ of Copenhagen, DK

1993-1996  PhD student at the Lab. of Neuropsychiatry and Dept of Medical Anatomy, Univ of Copenhagen, DK

1997-1998  Research Professor, Dept of Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, DK

1998-2001 Assistant Professor, Dept of Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, DK

2001-2011 Associate Professor with tenure; Laboratory of Neuropsychiatry, Rigshospitalet Univ Hospital; Dept of Neuroscience & Pharmacology, Univ of Copenhagen, DK

2001-2005  Guest researcher at the lab. of Prof. Merab Kokaia, Lund University, Sweden

2011+         Associate Professor with tenure; Laboratory of Neural Plasticity, Dept of Neuroscience & Pharmacology, Univ of Copenhagen, DK

Distinctions, Awards, And Other Professional Activities

1990-1991  Grethe and Hans Lundbeck Scholarship

1991           Gold medal in Essay Competition of Univ. of Copenhagen in Medicine

1993+         Speaker at >45 international scientific meetings and conferences, >100 abstracts

1996+         Lectures in pharmacology and neuropharmacology for students of medicine, dentistry, human biology at the Univ of Copenhagen

2000           The Ole Rafaelsen Award in Biological Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology

2002+         Supervisor of 16 PhD students in total, 8 as main supervisor

2003-2010  Board member of the Education Committee for Medicine, Univ of Copenhagen

2005+         Board member of the NeuroCluster at Univ of Copenhagen, Co-organizer of the Baltic Summer School, Copenhagen. Invited speaker at Meetings and conferences in St Petersburg, Florida (2004), Baltimore, Maryland (2006), Lucknow, India (2006), Okinawa, Japan (2008), McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, USA (2013), University of Kentucky (2013); Invited speaker at Grand Round lectures at Coimbra, Portugal (2005, 2012), Chicago Medical School (2008)

2010+         Board member of the Academic Council of the Univ of Copenhagen; Lectures at PhD Courses: “Epilepsies and epileptogenesis”, Course in Epilepsy (2010), University of Coimbra  Portugal; “NPY in temporal lobe epilepsy seizures”, Course in Epilepsy (2010), University of Coimbra, Portugal; “Gene therapy of the brain”, Course in Genetic Therapy, Univ of Copenhagen (2010-2013, 2016)

2014+         Advisory board: Shire, DK

2015+:        Co-founder of CombiGene AB, Sweden and Panion AB, Sweden; Co-founder of spin-off company RetiPharma IVS, DK

International Publications And Patent Applications

A total of 107 publications in international journals, several in high ranking journals, including Nature Medicine (x2), Nature Commun, Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Plos Biology, Biological Psychiatry (x2), J Neurosci (x4), FASEB Journal. Inventor on patents and patent applications (US 08901094, US 2016/0060320 A1, WO2009112033-A1, EPA16164686.4).

Evaluator Work For Journals, Foundations And PhDs

Since 1996 evaluator of manuscripts in 41 different international journals, including Nature Medicine, Arch Gen Psychiatry, Prog Neurobiol, J Neurosci, Biol Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, J Biol Chem, Stem Cells & Development, Eur J Neurosci, PLOS One, Obesity, J Neuroinflammation, Neurobiol Dis, Neuropharmacology

Evaluator of project applications for the Austrian Science Foundation (2007), the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Georgia (2012), the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK (2013), University of Coimbra, Portugal (2013)

Since 2004 evaluator of 15 PhD Theses