Fascinated by memory: tracing memories in the brain
Christian Leibold is the new professor for Theoretical Systems Neuroscience at the Bernstein Center Freiburg. He focuses on the study of memory formation through data analysis and theory building. He focuses on the study of memory formation through data analysis and theory building.
Portrait Leibold, LMU München
/BN, Duppé/ Since this winter term, Christian Leibold is professor for Theoretical Systems Neuroscience within the Master’s program in Neuroscience. Located at the Bernstein Center Freiburg, this professorship strengthens the profile field of neuroscience and neurotechnology at the University of Freiburg.
Apart from being an internationally connected researcher in the field of memory formation and spatial perception, Christian Leibold counts on the good research structures in Freiburg: “There are cooperation opportunities in Freiburg for every aspect important to my research: we have specialized cutting-edge laboratories, so that me and my team can contribute our strengths in theory and analysis.”
The greatest pull-factors for Leibold were the many opportunities for cooperation with many dedicated colleagues. To him, Freiburg is a vibrant location for breathing live into the interdisciplinarity that is important in computational neuroscience.
Leibold’s research group uses data analysis and models, to correlate, for example, data from different measurement methods in order to combine their advantages. Unlike perceptual processes, memory retrieval in particular is not necessarily triggered by external stimuli, which is why finding relevant neuronal traces alone is very difficult. In order to trace memory, it is therefore essential to isolate the relevant data, i.e. to separate the sensory activity from the intrinsic activity, and to analyze the underlying basis of the memory process.
The decision to move from LMU Munich to Freiburg was strongly influenced by the research structures and collaborations in computational neuroscience which have long been established by the Bernstein Center.