Our mission is to solve fundamental open questions in neurobiology of learning and memory, generating knowledge of broad impact according to the highest scientific standards. We value each lab member's professional growth and foster a collaborative environment in which ideas are discussed openly.
We are a young, international, collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory where observant mentorship and close interaction between lab members are of key importance. We value independence and creativity and we encourage lab members to develop their own ideas. We strive to maintain a vibrant and stimulating scientific environment.
The laboratory is located in the Department of Stress Neurobiology and Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich (Germany) and it benefits form world-class core facilities.
We always seek motivated and passionate researchers from different backgrounds (biology, physics, engineering and more) interested in the systems neurobiology of learning and memory. At this point we are looking for a Master Student to help us devise a way to detect and track dendritic spines in our two-photon time lapses. If you are interested in joining the lab please contact me by email.
Research in the A-Lab
We are interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms that enable neurons to compute and store information. How these mechanisms work at the neuronal ensemble level giving rise to the brain's ability to learn and recall new information. And how stress influences such a remarkable ability.
To tackle these questions we use intravital optical imaging of the hippocampus in live animals together with cutting-edge molecular, computational and behavioral techniques to focus on neuronal plasticity from the molecular to the network level. We investigate these questions in the frame of memory formation and recall in the hippocampus, which is a brain region important for formation and recall of episodic memory. In particular we focus on how neuronal plasticity and activity both at the single cell and at the network level relate to learning and memory, and how neuronal plasticity affects the representation of experience. Read more....
Research in the A-Lab is generously funded by: