Zohre Azimi


I am a postdoc neuroscientist in the Optical Imaging Lab. I am interested in understanding how neuronal networks process sensory information, and combine them with internal knowledge and experiences to form perception of sensory events, and how such processes may guide decision and action. To this aim the activity of a large population of neurons are recorded during a behavioral test using wide-field imaging and electrophysiology, while pharmacological and optogenetic methods are used for manipulation of activity.

During my PhD, I investigated the effect of serotonin on the visual processing; how it controls the gain of the external sensory input and internally driven information; their interaction under anesthetized and awake states. Prior to that, I did my undergraduate and master's studies in Biomedical Engineering- Bioelectrics at AmirKabir University of Technology.

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Ruxandra Barzan


I completed my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Bucharest and a MSc in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. In my current project I am trying to understand the modulatory role of serotonin on the cortical state by investigating the interplay of serotonin receptors in different neuronal populations within the visual cortex using optogenetics and multi-channle silicon probes.

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Robert Staadt


The focus of my work is on integration between cortical areas. Of particular interest to me are the visual, motor and somatosensory cortex during locomotion tasks. To this end I am combining optogenetics, virtual environments and high-speed multi-channel optical wide-field imaging.

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Fatma Karama


I have completed my studies in biology (Bsc at FAU, Erlangen and Msc: at RWTH in Aachen, with the focus on biological information processing). I am currently involved in the project “I see” in which we collaborate with different partners to develop improved visual prosthesis by allowing a stimulation that adapts to neuronal information processing and enables a synergistic interaction with the ongoing activity (Home | ISEE ( With the techniques of optogenetics and electrophysiology, I will quantify intracortical electrical microstimulation effects and identify ongoing spontaneous activity pattern in the primary visual cortex in a mouse model.

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Laura Ernst
Master-Stud Biology

Timon Wingert
Bachelor Biology

Anas Al Shoker
Bachelor AI

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