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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

Principal investigator

Christian Doeller

Principal investigator | Winning world cups

Engineering knowledge
e-mail Christian

Lab coordination and Office

Merethe Andresen

Senior engineer | Adventurous traveler

All-round technician
e-mail Merethe

Anja Hanisch

Personal assistant to Christian | Magic, mystery and miracles

Doeller lab helpdesk
e-mail Anja

Kerstin Schumer

Lab coordinator | Figure skater

Organize and keep the lab together
e-mail Kerstin

Susanne Starke

Personal assistant to Christian | Carpe diem

Doeller lab helpdesk
e-mail Susanne

Research staff

Marco Badwal

MD student | HIIT enthusiast

Visual and conceptual spaces
e-mail Marco

Irina Barnaveli

PhD candidate | Art and adventures

Cognitive spaces & action encoding
e-mail Irina

Rena Bayramova

PhD candidate | Analytical melomaniac

Learning and generalization
e-mail Rena

Marcia Bécu

Postdoc | Dog and ski addict

Aging navigational system
e-mail Marcia

Jacob Bellmund

Postdoc | Ardent football fan

statement
e-mail Jacob

Johanna Bergmann

Postdoc | Outdoor adventurist

Prediction spaces and insight
e-mail Johanna

Tora Bonnevie

Researcher | Horses and mountains

Translating knowledge
e-mail Tora

Felix Deilmann

PhD candidate | Exploring other countries & cultures

Mnemonic decision making
e-mail Felix

Salma Elnagar

PhD candidate | painting, dancing and reality TV shows

statement
e-mail Salma

Alexander Eperon

PhD candidate | Rocking out, aka. alpine climbing

Navigation of abstract spaces
e-mail Alex

Markus Frey

PhD candidate | Pasta, Pesto, Panna cotta

Deep Learning for spatial navigation
e-mail Markus

Anna-Maria Grob

PhD candidate | Pasta lover

Episodic memory integration
e-mail Anna-Maria

Gøril Rolfseng Grøntvedt

PhD candidate | Family & exercise

Biomarkers for Alzheimer's
e-mail Gøril

Max Hinrichs

PhD student | Football player and sports enthusiast

Structure learning and generalization
e-mail Max

Moritz Jäckels

PhD candidate | “Lost in Translation”

Temporal processing in Alzheimer’s Disease
e-mail Moritz

Sein Jeung

PhD candidate | Games, memes, parrots

Mobile EEG for spatial navigation
e-mail Sein

Janis Keck

PhD candidate | addicted to ice-cream

Neural manifold learning
e-mail Janis

Misun Kim

Postdoc | Incurably curious

Multidimensional space
e-mail Misun

Ivan Krasovec

Scientific assistant | the_brain --help

Spatial processing in the healthy and clinical brain
e-mail Ivan

Dörte Kuhrt

PhD candidate | All-round dilettante

Concept space
e-mail Dörte

Nicholas Menghi

Postdoc | Cats and pirates

Transfer learning
e-mail Nicho

Alexander Nitsch

PhD candidate | Immersed in books

Maps for memory and decision making
e-mail Alex

Leonardo Pettini

PhD candidate | Guitars, cetaceans, and nice wine

Representation learning in multidimensional feature spaces
e-mail Leonardo

Ignacio Polti

PhD candidate | Yerba Mate supplier

Time estimation and uncertainty
e-mail Ignacio

Volker Reisner

PhD candidate | Drums & outdoor activities

Deforming space
e-mail Volker

Fabian Renz

PhD candidate | basketball

Representation learning, generalization, abstraction, replay
e-mail Fabian

Daniel Reznik

Daniel Reznik

Postdoc | statement

statement
e-mail Daniel

Theo Schäfer

PhD candidate | Perpetual sight seeker

Structures of thought
e-mail Theo

Rebekka Tenderra

PhD candidate | Novice guitarist

Grid code for concept space
e-mail Rebekka

Simone Viganò

Postdoc | Pizzolo is the way

Knowledge across reference frames
e-mail Simone

Student assistants and Master students

Paul Brockmeyer

Student assistant | Cooking & Climbing

Learning something new
e-mail Paul

Emilia Hinkel

Student assistant | Theatre and dance enthusiast

statement
e-mail Emilia

Magdalena Holzner

Student assistant | Chasing serendipity

Navigation in cognitive spaces
e-mail Magdalena

Leonard König

Student assistant | Pizza lover

Exploring scientific work
e-mail Leonard

Lola Kühn

Student assistant | hobby portrait painter

Curious for scientific research
e-mail Lola

Anna Makova

Project student | Dessert aficionado

Learning in the developing brain
e-mail Anna

Meent Mangels

Student assistant | Wannabe Ent

Uncertainty, causal structures and topology
e-mail Meent

Danielle Schewe

Student assistant | Football, food, and feminism

Gender-fair language
e-mail Danielle

Annika Schmitt

Student assistant | smiling while enyoing music

Cognitive spaces & action encoding
e-mail Annika

Max Schulz

Student assistant | Seeking challenges

Psychoacoustics and deep neural networks
e-mail Max

Henrike Sommer

Student assistant | feminism, poledance and good memes

The contrary characters of self reflection
e-mail Henrike

Johannah Völler

Student assistant | Poetry and HIIT lover

Ask better questions
e-mail Johannah

Alumni