Melanie Wilke

Department of Cognitive Neurology
University Medical Center


Research Interests


  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Visual perception and decision making
  • Neural mechanisms of spatial neglect
  • Translational research



Education and Employment

2011 -Schilling Foundation Professor, Director of the Department of Cognitive Neurology, University Medical Center
2011 -Senior Investigator of the 'Decision and Awareness Group', German Primate Center Göttingen
2008 - 2011Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, USA
2005-2008Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, NIMH, Bethesda, USA
2001-2005PhD, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and Department of Cognitive Neurophysiology, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen



Selected honours and awards

2014Patent: Wilke, M., Kagan, I., Andersen, R.A. Brain repair using electrical microstimulation of healthy nodes. DKT No. 065471-0000038US00/CIT-6260 (filed 07/2013) (granted 09/2014)
2008Fellows Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research, National Institutes of Health


Selected publications

Domínguez-Vargas AU, Schneider L, Wilke M*, Kagan I* (2017). Electrical mi-crostimulation of the pulvinar biases saccade choices and reaction times in a time-dependent manner. Journal of Neuroscience, epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1984-16.2016

Cabral-Calderin Y, Williams K, Dechent P, Opitz A, Wilke M (2016). Transcranial alternating current stimulation modulates spontaneous low frequency fluctuations as measured with fMRI. 2016. Neuroimage 141: 88-107

Hwang E, Hauschild M, Wilke M, Andersen RA (2014). Spatial and temporal eye-hand coordination relies on the parietal reach region. Journal of Neuroscience 34: 12884-92

Wilke M*, Kagan I*, Andersen RA (2012). Functional imaging reveals rapid reorganization of cortical activity after parietal inactivation in monkeys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 8274-9

Hwang EJ, Hauschild M, Wilke M, Andersen RA (2012). Inactivation of the parietal reach region causes optic ataxia, impairing reaches but not saccades. Neuron 76(5): 1021-9

Schmid MC, Mrowka S, Turchi J, Saunders R, Wilke M, Ye F, Leopold DA (2010). Blindsight functions depend on the lateral geniculate nucleus. Nature 466: 373-7

Wilke M, Turchi J, Smith K, Mishkin M, Leopold DA (2010). Pulvinar inactivation disrupts selection of movement plans. Journal of Neuroscience 30: 8650-9

Wilke M, Mueller K-M, Leopold DA (2009). Visibility related modulation of neural responses in visual thalamic nuclei. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(23): 9465-70

Maier A, Wilke M, Aura C, Zhu C, Ye FQ, Leopold DA (2008). Divergence of electri-cal and fMRI signals in primary visual cortex during perceptual suppression. Nature Neuroscience 11(10): 1193-200

Wilke M, Logothetis NK, Leopold DA (2006). Local field potentials reflect perceptual suppression in monkey visual cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103(46): 17507-12