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

Merethe Andresen

Senior engineer | Adventurous traveler

All-round technician

Blazej Baczkowski

Postdoc | Craft beer novice

Cognitive map of threat imminence

Marco Badwal

MD student | HIIT enthusiast

Visual and conceptual spaces

Irina Barnaveli

PhD candidate | Art and adventures

Cognitive spaces & action encoding

Rena Bayramova

Intern | Analytical melomaniac

Learning and generalization

Marcia Bécu

Postdoc | Dog and ski addict

Aging navigational system

Jacob Bellmund

Postdoc | Ardent football fan

Imagined space

Johanna Bergmann

Postdoc | Outdoor adventurist

Prediction spaces and insight

Tora Bonnevie

Researcher | Horses and mountains

Translating knowledge

Felix Deilmann

PhD candidate | Exploring other countries & cultures

Mnemonic decision making

Christian Doeller

Principal investigator | Winning world cups

Engineering knowledge

Markus Frey

PhD candidate | Pasta, Pesto, Panna cotta

Deep Learning for spatial navigation

Lea-Sophie Funk

Student assistant | Skiing & beach-volleyball enthusiast

Gaining new insights

Mona Garvert

Group leader | Coffee lover

Representing knowledge for guiding choice

Anna-Maria Grob

PhD candidate | Pasta lover

Episodic memory integration

Gøril Rolfseng Grøntvedt

PhD candidate | Family & exercise

Biomarkers for Alzheimer's

Lydia Handke

Student assistant | Discovering my green thumb

Exploring fields of science

Anja Hanisch

Personal assistant | Magic, mystery and miracles

Doellerlab helpdesk

Andrea Hiott

Master student | Wanderer and wonderer

Grids of thought

Sein Jeung

PhD candidate | Games, memes, parrots

Mobile EEG for spatial navigation

Misun Kim

Postdoc | Incurably curious

Multidimensional space

Leonard König

Student assistant | Pizza lover

Exploring scientific work

Dörte Kuhrt

PhD candidate | All-round dilettante

Concept space

Anna Makova

Project student | Dessert aficionado

Learning in the developing brain

Alexander Nitsch

PhD candidate | Immersed in books

Maps for memory and decision making

Loes Ottink

PhD candidate | Musician and ballet dancer

Cognitive map for navigation

Imke Peters

Intern | Sports & crafts

Neural representation of space

Leonardo Pettini

PhD candidate | Guitars, cetaceans, and nice wine

Representation learning in multidimensional feature spaces

Ignacio Polti

PhD candidate | Yerba Mate supplier

Time estimation and uncertainty

Volker Reisner

PhD candidate | Drums & outdoor activities

Deforming space

Theo Schäfer

PhD candidate | Perpetual sight seeker

Structures of thought

Hermann Sonntag

Postdoc | Spending time with family & friends

Modeling MEG

Susanne Starke

Personal assistant | Sun worshipper

Doellerlab helpdesk

Kerstin Träger

Lab coordinator | Figure skater

Organize and keep the lab together

Simone Viganò

Postdoc | Pizzolo is the way

Knowledge across reference frames

Johannah Völler

Student assistant | Poetry and HIIT lover

Ask better questions

Ingrid Framås Syversen

PhD candidate | Handball player

MRI methods

Rebekka Tenderra

PhD candidate | Novice guitarist

Grid code for concept space


Tobias Navarro Schroeder | Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Associate Professor | Expect the unexpected

Navigating the brain

René Terporten | Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Postdoc | Guitar geek

Cognitive maps & language processing

Stephanie Theves | Minerva Fast Track Group Neural Codes of Intelligence, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Group Leader | Keen traveller

Cognitive space & Intelligence