Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences

Scherberger, Hansjörg, Prof. Dr.

Group Leader Primate Neurobiology


  • Dipl. math. (MS Math), University of Freiburg, Germany, 1993
  • Dr. med. (MD), University of Freiburg, Germany, 1996
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Neurology, University of Zürich, Switzerland, 1995 – 1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1998 – 2000
  • Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2000 – 2004
  • Work group leader, Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH / University of Zürich, Switzerland, 2004 – 2009
  • Professor for Primate Neurobiology, University of Göttingen and Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH, since 2008



Major Research Interests

We are interested in how hand movements are generated in the primate brain and how intentions to grasp objects can be decoded for controlling a neural prosthesis. For this, we investigate the cortical representation of hand movements in motor-related cortical areas and their relation to sensory systems and decision making. Furthermore, we are developing brain-machine interfaces that can read out such movement intentions to control robotic devices. Such systems could be useful for future applications aiming to restore hand function in paralyzed patients.



Homepage Department/Research Group

http://dpz.eu/neurobiology



Selected Recent Publications


  • Michaels JA, Dann B, Scherberger H (2016). Neural population dynamics during reaching are better explained by a dynamical system than representational tuning. PLoS Computational Biology 12(11): e1005175

  • Dann B, Michaels JA, Schaffelhofer S, Scherberger H (2016). Uniting functional net-work topology and oscillations in the fronto-parietal single unit network of behaving primates. eLife 2016(5): e15719

  • Schaffelhofer S, Scherberger H (2016). Object vision to hand action in macaque parietal, premotor, and motor cortices. eLife 2016(5): e15278

  • Schaffelhofer S, Agudelo-Toro A, Scherberger H (2015). Decoding a wide range of hand configurations from macaque motor, premotor, and parietal cortices. Journal of Neuroscience 35: 1068-81

  • Lehmann S, Scherberger H (2013). Reach and gaze representations in macaque parietal and premotor grasp areas. Journal of Neuroscience 33: 7038-49

  • Townsend BR, Subasi E, Scherberger H (2011). Grasp movement decoding from premotor and parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 31: 14386-98

  • Baumann M, Fluet MC, Scherberger H (2009). Context-specific grasp movement representation in the macaque anterior intraparietal area. Journal of Neuroscience 29: 6436-48

  • Scherberger H (2009). Neural control of motor prostheses. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 19: 629-33

  • Scherberger H, Jarvis MR, Andersen RA (2005). Cortical local field potential encodes movement intentions in the posterior parietal cortex. Neuron 46: 347-354

  • Musallam S, Corneil BD, Greger B, Scherberger H, Andersen RA (2004). Cognitive control signals for neural prosthetics. Science 305: 258-262