Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Gerrit Hilgen

Research Associate

Background

Scientific Interest

My general scientific interest is on sensory signal processing in large neuronal networks. During my PhD, I shed light on specialised cell-cell connections in the retina which form dynamic networks between neurons. After my PhD, I assembled a voltage-sensitive dye imaging system and developed my own image processing approaches to study how the tactile networks accomplish the integration of sensory input. In 2013, I switched back to retinal networks and started using large-scale high-density MEA recordings in combination with high-resolution structural imaging want to find out how all the different neurons work together and shape the neural image that is sent to the brain.

 

 

Research

Positions Held

Sept. 2013-

Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. E. Sernagor. Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK


Mar. 2012- Aug. 2013

Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab of Prof. J. Kretzberg. Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany


Education

2007-2012

PhD in Neurobiology, University of Oldenburg, Mathematics and Sciences, Germany.


2001-2007

Diploma in Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Oldenburg, Mathematics and Sciences, Germany.


1999

General Qualification for University Entrance (Abitur) Gymnasium Bad Zwischenahn-Edewecht, Germany


Memberships

Society for Neuroscience

Physiological Society


 

Teaching

I supervise undergraduate, masters and PhD students. I also participated as a seminar leader and I am a tutor in the ION summer school


Publications