Wilke, Melanie, Prof. Dr.
Professor of Cognitive Neurology
- since 2011: Schilling Foundation Professor (W3), Director of the department of Cognitive Neurology and Head of the MR-Research Unit, University Medical Center Göttingen
- since 2011: Co-Investigator in the "Decision and Awareness" group (DAG) at the German Primate Center (DPZ)
- 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Biology, Caltech, Pasadena; Advisor: Prof. R.A. Andersen
- 2005-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH, Bethesda, Advisor: Dr. D.A. Leopold
- 2001-2005: PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Advisor: Dr. D.A. Leopold
- 1997-2001: M.A. in Psycholinguistics, Neuropsychology and Neurobiology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
Major Research Interests
The long-term goal of our research is to understand how neural activity gives rise to spatial awareness and how distributed information is integrated to guide the selection of movement goals. Furthermore we are dedicated to perform translational research from monkey models of cognitive disorders to human patients. Current research focuses on the question how thalamic nuclei and cortical areas interact during visual perception and decision making. Another line of research is concerned with the neural mechanisms underlying spatial neglect, which is a frequent and severe consequence of brain damage in humans. Specifically, we are investigating pathological and compensatory changes in large-scale brain networks in human stroke patients by means of imaging (DTI, fMRI) and stimulation (tACS, tDCS, TMS) methods. We develop and employ monkey models of spatial neglect to study the underlying neural mechanisms by means of fMRI, electrophysiological recordings, inactivation and stimulation techniques with the goal to develop new therapeutic interventions.
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