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Theme 4: Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication

Research information

Computational Neuroscience Lab

The brain is a formidable computing device, outperforming our smartest algorithms in flexibility and efficiency. Understanding its key principles will enable both fundamental insights, novel treatments and technological applications.

In the lab we try to discover some of these principles using a combination of computational and neurophysiological tools. Specifically we are interested in developing and applying advanced analysis to complex, real-world conditions. Examples include multisensory integration, statistically defined stimuli and complex, naturalistic stimuli. We perform experiments in humans (EEG + behavior) and mice (Large scale neuronal recordings + behavior).

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Name: Bernhard Englitz
Telephone: 024-3652513
Cell phone: 06-29302544
Visiting address: Heyendaalseweg 135
The Netherlands
Postal address: Heyendaalseweg 135
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • 2015 - Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (€200k, Nº 660328)
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  • 2016 - DCN Ph.D. student (€220k, with Mike X Cohen)
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  • 2017 - ALW Open Ph.D. Grant (€300k)
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  • 2017 - ZonMw, Technology Hotel Grant (€30k, with Simon Fisher, MPI)
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  • 2018 - NWO VIDI (€800k) (2019-2024)
Key publications
  • Keine C, Rübsamen R, Englitz B (2017) Signal integration at spherical bushy cells enhances representation of temporal structure but limits its range. eLife; doi:10.7554/eLife.29639
  • Boubenec Y, Lawlor J, Gorska U, Shamma SA, Englitz B (2017) Detecting changes in dynamic and complex acoustic scenes. eLife, doi:10.7554/eLife.24910.
  • Keine C, Rübsamen R, Englitz B (2016) Inhibition in the auditory brainstem enhances signal representation and regulates gain in complex acoustic environments. eLife;10.7554/eLife.19295
  • Huang C, Resnik A, Celikel T, Englitz, B. (2016) Adaptive Spike Threshold Enables Robust and Temporally Precise Neuronal Encoding. PLoS Comput Biol.
  • Stiefel KM, Englitz B, Sejnowski TJ, (2013). Origin of intrinsic irregular firing in cortical interneurons. PNAS, 110, 7886-91.

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update March 2018

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Theme 4:
Natural Computing and Neurotechnology
Research Group
Computational Neuroscience Lab

Principal Investigator
dr. Bernhard Englitz

Group members:

PhD candidates
Artoghrul Alishbayli
Zhongnan Cai
Janek Peters
Karol Przewrocki
Evrim Yilmaz
Luuk Hesselink
Nader Marzban

ing. Debbie Tilburg-Ouwens

(Update December 2022)