Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Gerrit Hilgen

Research Associate


Scientific Interest

My general scientific interest is on sensory signal processing in large neuronal networks and how the different neurons work together. 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. I recently found that the maturation of retinal functionality is not spatially homogeneous, likely reflecting special ecological requirements.





Academic Positions Held

Sept. 2013- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Retinal Neurobiology, Dr. E. Sernagor, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK

2012-2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Neuroscience, Prof. J.Kretzberg, University of Oldenburg, Germany


2012 PhD in Neurobiology, University of Oldenburg, Mathematics andSciences, Germany.

2007 Diploma in Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology, University of Oldenburg, Mathematics and Sciences, Germany.

1999 General Qualification for University Entrance (Abitur), Bad Zwischenahn, Germany



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