Sensory Research in Göttingen

Löwel, Siegrid, Prof. Dr.

Professor for Systems Neuroscience and Neurostimulation, BFNT and School of Biology, Universität Göttingen

- Studies of Biology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg and Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, 1978-1985

- Diploma Thesis, Universität Frankfurt am Main, 1985

- PhD-thesis, Universität Frankfurt am Main, 1988

- Research Assistant, Dept. Neurophysiology (Head: Prof. Dr. Wolf Singer),
Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main, 1990-1997

- Head of the Research Group "Visual Development and Plasticity", Leibniz-Institut für Neurobiologie, Magdeburg, 1997-2002 & 2004-2005

- Associate Research Physiologist/Research Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Physiology, University of California in San Francisco (UCSF), U.S.A., 2002-2003

- Dorothea-Erxleben-Guest Professorship, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg (, 2003-2004

- Scholarship in the Hertie-Excellency Program "Neurosciences"(, 2004-2005

- Professor of Neurobiology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, 2005-2010

- Professor of Systems Neuroscience, School of Biology, University of
Göttingen since 2010

Major Research Interests

The Löwel lab is focussed on understanding the development and plasticity of neuronal circuits in the mammalian cortex. We use a combination of techniques, including optical imaging, physiology, neuroanatomy and modelling to explore how experience and learning influence the structure and function of nerve cell networks and how activity patterns and genetic factors influence these processes. We hope that answering these key questions not only helps to understand the rules underlying brain development, functioning and learning but additionally will open up new avenues to develop clinically relevant concepts to promote regeneration and rehabilitation for diseased and injured brains.

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