LMU Division of Neurobiology, SyNergy and BCCN Munich
Our research is focused on the mechanisms of information representation and propagation within and across different cortical networks.
Specifically, we are exploring the neurophysiological mechanisms of information transfer within and between the neocortex and hippocampus during learning (acquisition) and sleep (consolidation), as one of the key topics in learning and memory research.
We employ state-of-the-art multichannel extracellular recordings in different cortical areas in behaving rats. Recordings with multichannel silicon probes allow us to sample the activity of multiple single neurons and local field potentials across multiple layers of one or several cortical areas.
We also employ various perturbation techniques, such as electrical stimulation and optogenetic modulation of neuronal activity, as well as behavioral paradigms and animal tracking methods that allow for quantitative and precise control of animal behavior.
Our research involves advanced signal processing and data mining, as well as computational modeling.
Primary Technique(s): multichannel extracellular recording in freely moving behaving rats; quantitative rodent behavior analysis; virtual reality in freely-moving rats; optogentics; advanced data analysis
Model Organism(s): rats; mice