Roman Giger, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Dr. Richard Mark Newman Research Professor
Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor of Neurology

2045 BSRB 
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor MI 48109-2200


Areas of Interest

Injury to the adult mammalian central nervous system results in permanent functional deficits. We pursue a mouse genetic approach to identify molecules and biochemical pathways that promote growth of severed axons, formation of new synapses and myelination of regenerated axons. A primary focus is to understand how the immune system influences neurorepair.  

Associated Grad Programs

Cell & Developmental Biology, Cellular & Molecular Biology(link is external)Neuroscience(link is external)Neurology

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Giger has received several awards for his research, including the Charles A. Dana Foundation, Christopher Reeve Foundation, Ellison Medical Foundation in Aging, NARSAD, and Alfred Blalock Award.
  • Dr. Giger currently serves on multiple study sections,  including the NIH (Cellular and Molecular Biology of Glia), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the European Research Council, and the Paralyzed Veterans America Foundation.
  • Dr. Giger is a member of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson Medical Foundation.


  • Johns Hopkins University, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1997-01
  • Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1995-97 
  • University of Zurich, Ph.D., 1995
  • University of Zurich, M.S., 1991

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