Hannah Monyer (born 1957 in Romania) studied Medicine at the University of Heidelberg and obtained her MD in 1982. 1983-1986 she worked as a resident at the Dept. of Child Psychiatry of the University of Mannheim and at the Dept. of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Lübeck. She started her scientific career as a neurobiologist with Prof. Barry Tharp and Prof. Dennis Choi at Stanford University, California. In 1989 she returned to Heidelberg for a second postdoctoral period at the ZMBH with Prof. Peter Seeburg. She habilitated in Biochemistry in 1993. Since 1994 she has been an independent group leader, first as a junior professor and since 1999 heading the Department Clinical Neurobiology at Heidelberg University Hospital.
In 2004 she was awarded the Leibniz Prize of the DFG. In 2009 she was appointed W3 Helmholtz Professor at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Heidelberg. Her research group "Clinical Neurobiology" is a cooperational division of the Medical Faculty of the University and the DKFZ Heidelberg. Hannah Monyer's major scientific interests focus on mechanisms related to learning and memory. Her projects include investigations on the role of glutamate receptors in synaptic plasticity, the function of GABAergic interneurons underlying synchronous activity and memory and finally, the contribution of postnatally generated neurons for brain plasticity.