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.


  • Head


    Dr. Michael Lippert


  • Members


    Dr. Michael
    Dr. Kentaroh
    PhD students  
    Jennifer Tegtmeier
    Vivek Viswanathan
    Technical staff members  
    Students and guests  
    Nabila Alam  
    Fahmida Akter  


  • Projects


    • 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

    Current Third Party Funds

     CBBS grant
     "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)


    2016-2017, 2018-2019
    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

    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

    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.


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