Bryndis Birnir, PhD, is Professor in Physiology at Uppsala University, Sweden. She received her PhD in Physiology 1989 at UCLA, USA, where she studied sodium-dependent co-transport. She then became a postdoctoral fellow, and later on a research fellow, at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Canberra, Australia, where she started working with GABA and GABAA receptors in neurons. Bryndis grew up in Iceland and in 2000 she moved back to the Northern Hemisphere, to Lund University in Sweden where she started studying metabolic regulation of GABA signalling. In 2008 Bryndis became professor at Uppsala University where her research group studies the role of GABA and GABA receptors in pancreatic islets, immune cells and neurones and how the GABA signalling in these tissues is regulated by metabolic hormones.
Bryndis has held many positions of trust at Uppsala University and e.g. served as the Secretary General and treasurer for the Scandinavian Physiological Society and as the treasurer for the Federation of European Physiological Societies. She is currently the Chair for the Swedish National Committee for Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.