Charlotte Boccara

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Visiting address 0372 Oslo Sogsvannsveien 9 Norway
Postal address Postboks 1103 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

The role of sleep in cognitive development: Sleep is essential for healthy cognitive development. The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in chronic sleep deprivation among children that amounts to what is now a public health epidemic. Despite the substantial societal impact of sleep deprivation on cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders, we still know very little about the neural mechanisms that promote cognitive development during sleep. To address this crucial gap in our knowledge, I have designed an innovative research project at the junction of developmental neurobiology, system neuroscience and sleep research.

Impact: This research has the ambition to answer a timely health concern. And thus has a clear societal impact with giving incentive to change policies that encourage healthier sleep habits, as well as translational research applications to study associations with neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Twitter @ChaBoccara

Research experience

Since 2019: Project Leader 'Sleep, Cognition and Development'

                     Institute of Basic Medical sciences

Since 2018:  Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at UiO

                     Institute of Basic Medical sciences

                     Storm lab

2017–2018:  Research Associate at King's College London

                     Centre for Developmental Neurobiology

                     Marin lab and Rico lab

2012–2016:   Postdoctoral Researcher at the IST Austria

                      Institute of Science and Technology Austria

                      Csicsvari lab 

2006–2012:   PhD Student at NTNU 

                      Kavli Institute for Systems Neurosciences

                      Moser lab


2014              PhD, Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine

                      (NTNU, Trondheim)

2005              MSc, Neurosciences, Université Marie et Pierre Curie

                      (UMPC, Paris 6)

2003              BSc, Cellular Biology and Physiology, UMPC

                      (Paris 6)


2019             Young Research Talent, Norwegian Research Council

2018              Marie Curie MSCA-IF Postdoctoral Fellowship

2017              MRC CNDD Seed Funds

2006              PhD Fellowship Faculty of Medicine


2019–2020    PBL/LBS Physiology

                      MED1100 & MED 2200 (UIO)

2018–2019    Komparativ anatomi/evolusjon 

                      MED2200 (UIO)

2017              Memory mechanisms in health and diseases

                      6BBYN309 (King's College)

2014–2016    Systems Neuroscience

                      C_NEU-205 Graduate school (IST Austria)


Johan Storm (IMB, UiO, Norway)

Rosamund Langston (Dundee, UK)

Dori Derdikman  (Technion, Haifa, Israel)

Menno Witter (Kavli Institute, NTNU, Norway)

Hua Hu (IMB, UiO, Norway)

Koen Vervaeke (IMB, UiO, Norway)

Cathrin Canto (NiN, Amsterdam, Nederlands)

Alessandro Treves (SISSA, Trieste, Italy)

Recent talks

Nov. 28, 2018 (IMB, UiO) How do goals alter spatial cognitive maps?


DevNeuro Academy (King's College London)


The scientist  Quanta magazine Medicalxpress vbio

Khrono Aftenposten Uniforum

Published Dec. 2, 2018 9:30 PM - Last modified June 4, 2021 8:53 AM

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