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Csicsvari Group

Systems Neuroscience

Memory formation is crucial for learning new facts and skills. This process of encoding, storing, and ultimately recalling memories involves complex interactions between various brain regions and neurons in embedded circuits that form complex code to encode these memory traces. The Csicsvari group studies how learning is implemented in the brain.

During learning, new memories are acquired and subsequently consolidated to ensure their successful later recall. The Csicsvari group focuses on understanding how learning leads to memory formation in neuronal circuits by investigating the neuronal system mechanisms of memory formation and stabilization. They also investigate the mnemonic role of neuronal populations and their interactions in brain areas involved in spatial memory processing. The group seeks to understand how neuronal circuits process information and form spatial memories by recording the activity of many neurons in different brain regions during spatial learning tasks and sleep. In their research, the group uses optogenetic methods to selectively manipulate neuronal activity in different brain areas.

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Yosman BapatDhar

PhD Student

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Heloisa Chiossi

PhD Student

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Igor Gridchyn

Postdoc

+43 2243 9000 4713


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Karola Käfer

PhD Student

+43 2243 9000 4743

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Michele Nardin

PhD Student

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Juan Ramirez Villegas

Postdoc


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Dámaris Rangel Guerrero

PhD Student

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Federico Stella

Postdoc

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Jago Wallenschus

Laboratory Technician Senior

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Current Projects

Oscillatory interactions in working memory | Role of hippocampal formation in spatial learning | Activation of brain structures using light sensitive channels to study memory formation


Publications

Stella F, Baracskay P, O’Neill J, Csicsvari JL. 2019. Hippocampal reactivation of random trajectories resembling Brownian diffusion. Neuron. 102, 1–12. View

Boccara CN, Nardin M, Stella F, O’Neill J, Csicsvari JL. 2019. The entorhinal cognitive map is attracted to goals. Science. 363(6434), 1443–1447. View

Nardin M. 2019. Supplementary Code and Data for the paper ‘The Entorhinal Cognitive Map is Attracted to Goals’, IST Austria,p. View

Käfer K, Malagon-Vina H, Dickerson D, O’Neill J, Trossbach SV, Korth C, Csicsvari JL. 2019. Disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 overexpression disrupts hippocampal coding and oscillatory synchronization. Hippocampus. View

Xu H, Baracskay P, O’Neill J, Csicsvari JL. 2019. Assembly responses of hippocampal CA1 place cells predict learned behavior in goal-directed spatial tasks on the radial eight-arm maze. Neuron. 101(1), 119–132.e4. View

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Career

since 2011 Professor, IST Austria
2008 – 2011 MRC Senior Scientist (tenured), MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford, UK
2003 – 2008 MRC Senior Scientist (tenure-track), MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford, UK
2001 – 2002 Research Associate, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
1999 – 2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
1999 PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA


Selected Distinctions

2011 ERC Starting Grant
2010 Title of Ad Hominem Professor in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford


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