We use optical methods to study the brain. Our particular focus is on using optical methods to stimulate and measure neural activity at the mesoscopic scale.
We study how groups of neurons communicate with each other on the population level, and form complex dynamics which give rise to learning, memory and disease.
Dr. Michael Lippert and Dr. Dr. Kentaroh Takagaki
Heads Dr. Michael Lippert +49-391-6263-94391 email@example.com Dr. Kentaroh Takagaki +49-391-6263-94391 firstname.lastname@example.org PhD students Gonzalo Arias-Gil +49-391-6263-94401 email@example.com Marcel Brosch +49-391-6263-93481 firstname.lastname@example.org Jennifer Tegtmeier email@example.com Vivek Viswanathan firstname.lastname@example.org Theresa Weidner +49-391-6263-94401 email@example.com Janie Xia +49-391-6263-93481 firstname.lastname@example.org Technical staff members Silvia Vieweg +49-391-6263-93481 email@example.com Students and guests Nabila Alam Fahmida Akter
- Characterizing the function of the ventral midbrain in cogntive behavioral inhibition
- Development of novel multitrodes for stable parallel single-unit recordings
- Development of optogenetic brain-machine interfaces
- Investigating the emergence of reward prediction error signaling in Pavlovian and operant learning
- Investigating the effects and mesoscopic mechanisms of transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) in a rodent cortex-dependent learning task
- Current Third Party Funds
"Optogenetic Read/Write Neuroprosthesis for Sensory Substitution"
DFG Grant (SPP 1665)
“Causative Mechanisms of Mesoscopic Activity Patterns in Auditory Category Discrimination”
Leibniz SAW grant
"IMPACT of Monoamines Monoaminergic IMPACT on Neuronal Circuits - a Leibniz Postdoctoral Network (LPN)"
(MTL in consortium)
Japan Dairy Association
“A preclinical study of probiotic effects on cognitive function and stress}
(KT with Prof. Mamoru Totsuka, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University)
- Teaching & Internships
Members of our group teach "Advanced Statistics for Neuroscience and Genetic Models" in the Master program Integrative Neuroscience at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.
If you would like to join our team or just get to know our lab, please email Michael or Kenta! It is best to apply/start talking as early as possible, so that things can be arranged.
- Hugo Junkers Award
Together with Prof. Dr. Frank Ohl (LIN/OVGU), Prof. Dr. Armin Dadgar and Martin Deckert (both OVGU), Dr. Michael Lippert was awarded the Hugo-Junkers Prize in the category "Most Innovative Projects in Basic Research" for the development of the LED electrode CortiGrid in 2017.
This enables scientists to control sensory areas in the brain by using optogenetic methods.