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. 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.




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



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


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


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


Society for Neuroscience

Physiological Society



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