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Gail, Alexander, Prof. Dr.


Professor for Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neurosprosthetics


  • 1997: Physics Diploma, Philipps University, Marburg

  • 2002: Dr. rer. nat. (Physics) Philipps University, Marburg

  • 2002-2003: Postdoc (Neurophysics Laboratory of R. Eckhorn, Marburg)

  • 2003-2006: Postdoc (Laboratory of R. Andersen, Pasadena, CA, USA)

  • 2006-present: Head of Sensorimotor Research Group, German Primate Center and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience

  • 2012-present: Professor for Sensorimotor Neuroscience and Neurosprosthetics, Georg-August University Göttingen




Major Research Interests

Sensorimotor integration, cognitive movement planning, neuroprosthetics, neuronal synchronization, visual object coding; methods: awake monkey electrophysiology, extracellular multi-channel microelectrode recordings, psychophysics in human and non-human primates, correlation and spectral coherence analysis, pattern recognition


Homepage Department/Research Group

http://www.dpz.eu/smg
http://www.bccn-goettingen.de/Groups/gail



Selected Recent Publications


  • Klaes C, Westendorff S, Chakrabarti S, Gail A (2011) Choosing goals, not rules: Deciding among rule-based action plans. Neuron, 70, 536-548

  • Westendorff S, Klaes C, Gail A. (2010) The cortical timeline for deciding on reach motor-goals. J Neurosci 30:5426-5436.

  • Gail A, Klaes C, Westendorff S (2009) Implementation of Spatial Transformation Rules for Goal-Directed Reaching via Gain Modulation in Monkey Parietal and Premotor Cortex. J Neurosci 29: 9490-9499.

  • Brozovic M*, Gail A*, Andersen, RA (2007) Gain mechanisms for contextually guided visuomotor transformations. J Neurosci 27: 10588-10596. [* both authors contributed equally]

  • Gail A, Andersen RA (2006) Neural Dynamics in Monkey Parietal Reach Region Reflect Context-Specific Sensorimotor Transformations. J Neurosci 26: 9376-9384

  • Gail A, Brinksmeyer H-J, Eckhorn R (2004) Perception-related modulations of local field potential power and coherence in primary visual cortex of awake monkey during binocular rivalry. Cerebral Cortex 14:300–313

  • Gail A, Brinksmeyer H-J, Eckhorn R (2003) Simultaneous mapping of binocular and monocular receptive fields in awake monkeys for calibrating eye alignment in a dichoptical setup. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 126:41–56

  • Gail A, Brinksmeyer HJ, Eckhorn R (2000) Contour decouples gamma activity across texture representation in monkey striate cortex. Cerebral Cortex 10:840–850







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Address

Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail
German Primate Center
Sensorimotor Group
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
Germany

Tel.: +49-551-3851 358
Fax: +49-551-3851 425
e-mail: agail@gwdg.de

GGNB Affiliation

Neurosciences (IMPRS)
Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
Systems Neuroscience
Theoretical and Computational Neur
oscience