Professor Erwin Neher, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, presented the 2011 Einar Hille Memorial Lecture in the Neurosciences on March 1. He discussed his latest studies on “Biophysics of Short Term Synaptic Plasticity”. Professor Neher earned a baccalaureate in physics from the Technische Hochshule in Munich, and later a Master of Science degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin as a Fulbright Scholar in 1967. He returned to Munich intent on pursuing a doctoral project in biophysics with an emphasis on nerve excitation. His search led him to Dr. Dieter Lux’s laboratory at the Max-Planck Institut for Psychiatry and a dissertation project measuring membrane currents from the somatic surface of snail neurons. Read more at UW Today.