Curious to see who the new ZNZ members are? Read on to learn about their research interests.
PD Dr. med. Igor Delvendahl
Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich
Our research aims at unraveling fundamental mechanisms underlying robustness and plasticity of synaptic transmission with a strong focus on presynaptic function. We apply a combination of subcellular electrophysiology, functional imaging, and genetics to study synaptic transmission and plasticity at mammalian central synapses. We hope that our work will provide important conceptual insights into how synaptic transmission can be modulated under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. More
Prof. Dr. Denis Burdakov
Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST), ETH Zurich
How does the brain solve complex problems? The Burdakov lab studies brain computations that convert sensory context into appropriate actions, appetites, and arousal. Our experiments focus on specific genetically-defined brain cells, but our questions are more general, overlapping with fields such as robotics: What control algorithms are best for performance in an uncertain world? What are their strengths and weaknesses? To answer such questions, the lab studies how information is represented by specific neural clusters to sway decisions. More
Junior Group Leader
Dr. Giorgio Bergamini
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics,
Psychiatric University Hospital
Inflammation is recognized as a major factor in several neurological disorders. The goal of our research is to elucidate the pathways via which inflammation affects specific brain circuits and consequently influences the emergence of brain dysfunction and behavioural symptoms. In particular, we are studying the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) secreted by immune cells in mediating neuro-immune communication and in driving neuro- and psycho-pathologies during inflammatory conditions.