| 2011 - 2014
Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester
We investigate the interaction between brain areas involved in tactile perception (somatosensory input), cognitive processing, and movement generation (motor output) in order to understand basic principles of the brain and ultimately to advance the design of neural prostheses. We address these research goals with behavioral tests and electrophysiological and optogenetic tools in the mammalian brain. Current affiliation:
| 2012 - 2015
Dr. Michael C. Schmid
Work in the Schmid lab is centered on investigating the fundamental brain principles that lead to visual perception. We are particularly interested in understanding how visibility arises from the communication of neurons in different brain areas, how processes that occur during attention might support it and how it is affected after neural injury. Our aim is to describe these functions with a specific focus on the thalamus, one of the brain’s major relay systems. To delineate the dynamics by which thalamus and cortex interact with each other we combine parallel electrophysiological recording methods in the mammalian brain with complementary techniques ranging from psychophysics and fMRI to pharmacology and optogenetics.