What we do

We are brain scientists. Neuroscience is one of the most prominent scientific fields, nested between life science, medical science and the humanities with immense implications for our understanding of human behaviour and information technology, and with a strong societal impact, both in medicine (e.g. understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s) as well as in technology (e.g. developing artificial intelligence).

In our research group, we leverage modern neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate brain systems that support transformation of experience into enduring memories. We seek to understand how mnemonic networks help us to map and navigate our geographical and memory landscapes and to assemble our rich inventory of knowledge.

The next generation

We care greatly that the next generation of neuroscientists receives the best possible training opportunities, and we enthusiastically contribute to the excellent educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students. We aim to provide our top students with all the skills necessary to become leaders in the future, both in science and beyond academia.

Public engagement

We also love to talk about science with the general public and the media. We get regularly involved in activities that promote public engagement with science, such as the Brain Awareness Week, public lectures, school visits and publications in popular science magazines. We enjoy giving interviews on TV, radio and in newspapers.

Meet our team

Jacob Bellmund

Jacob Bellmund

PhD candidate | Ardent football fan

Imagined space

Lilith Sommer

Lilith Sommer

PhD candidate | Enthusiastic cellist

Imaging translational concept space

Silvy Collin

Silvy Collin

PhD candidate | Enthusiastic swimmer

Formation of mnemonic networks

Christian Doeller

Christian Doeller

Principal Investigator | Winning world cups

Engineering knowledge

Gøril Rolfseng Grøntvedt

Gøril Rolfseng Grøntvedt

PhD candidate | Family & exercise

Biomarkers for Alzheimer's

Annelene Gulden Dahl

Annelene Gulden Dahl

PhD candidate | Maker & Tinkerer

Memory and spatial navigation in rodents

Naomi de Haas

Naomi de Haas

PhD candidate | Debates & pubs

Connecting space and memory

Sabine Andrea Huber

Sabine Andrea Huber

Project student | Volleyball & music

Digging the hippocampus

Joshua Julian

Joshua Julian

Postdoc | Ukulelist

Navigating from cells to systems

Dörte Kuhrt

Dörte Kuhrt

PhD candidate | All-round dilettante

Concept space

Anne Merete Lie

Anne Merete Lie

Staff Engineer | Keen mambo dancer

Navigating the lab

Branka Milivojevic

Branka Milivojevic

Postdoc | Proud mum

Decoding virtual memories

Matthias Nau

Matthias Nau

PhD candidate | Drums & Percussion

Eye movements and visual space

Tobias Navarro Schroeder

Tobias Navarro Schroeder

Postdoc | Arts

Navigating the brain

David Neville

David Neville

Postdoc | Passionate cook

Mechanisms of concept learning

Nynke Niehof

Nynke Niehof

PhD candidate | Zealous sailor

Mental maps of space

Loes Ottink

Loes Ottink

PhD candidate | Musician and ballet dancer

Cognitive map for navigation

Ignacio Polti

Ignacio Polti

PhD candidate | Yerba Mate supplier

Time estimation and uncertainty

Bianca Somai

Bianca Somai

Bachelor student | Escape room enthusiast

Deep space

Thomas Schreiner

Thomas Schreiner

Postdoc | Bookworm

Sleep & Memory

Lonja Schurmann

Lonja Schurmann

PhD candidate | Meet the pres(s)

Discovering semantic representations

Stephanie Theves

Stephanie Theves

PhD candidate | Keen traveller

Mapping knowledge acquisition

Britt Veldman

Britt Veldman

Master student | Boogie woogie enthusiast

Turn and go

Ben Steemers

Ben Steemers

PhD candidate | Our man at NIH

Hippocampal navigation

Tobias Staudigl

Tobias Staudigl

Postdoc | Underwater adventurer

Memory snapshots

Markus Frey

Markus Frey

PhD candidate | Badminton & Chess

Deep Learning for spatial navigation

Alumni