Dr. Marcel Oberlaender

Dr. Marcel Oberlaender

Max Planck Group Leader

Principal Investigators


2000 – 2006 Diploma, University of Heidelberg, Faculty for Physics and Astronomy
2003 – 2004 Non-degree Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne (study abroad program)
2009 Doctoral thesis, Prof. Sakmann, MPI of Neurobiology; University of Heidelberg


Academic Career

2009 – 2012 Research Asistant at the Institute of Physics (Ion Thrusters Group) Univ. of Giessen
2012 – 2016 Research visit: Neuroscience Section (Prof. Freeman), Univ. of California, Berkeley (DAAD grant)
2012 – 2015 Research Assistant at the Dept. of Psychiatry (sleep and EEG Lab) and the Institute of Physics (Nonlinear Dynamics Group), Univ. of Mainz
Since 2016 Postdoc at the Dept. of Neurophysiology (MEG Lab), Univ. of Magdeburg


Awards and Honors

2007 Tamagawa-Riken Junior Research Travel Award
2009 ‘Summa cum laude’ for doctoral thesis work
2014 Career Development Award of the Giovanni Armenise – Harvard Foundation
2015 Starting Grant of the European Research Council


Memberships an professional functions

2013 – Faculty member, International Graduate School for Neuroscience, Tübingen
2012 – Member of the Bernstein Center of Computational Neuroscience, Tübingen
2012 – Member of the Werner-Reichardt-Center for Integrative Neuroscience, Tübingen
2006 – Member of the Society for Neuroscience (USA)

Five most important publications

  1. Landau ID, Egger R, Dercksen VJ, Oberlaender M, Sompolinsky H*. (2016) The Impact of Structural Heterogeneity on Excitation-Inhibition Balance in Cortical Networks. Neuron, 92:1106-1121
  2. Egger R, Schmitt AC, Wallace DJ, Sakmann B*, Oberlaender M*, Kerr JN. (2015) Robustness of sensory-evoked excitation is increased by inhibitory inputs to distal apical tuft dendrites. PNAS,112(45):14072-7
  3. Narayanan RT, Egger R, Johnson AS, Mansvelder HD, Sakmann B, de Kock CP*, Oberlaender M*. (2015) Beyond Columnar Organization: Cell Type- and Target Layer-Specific Principles of Horizontal Axon Projection Patterns in Rat Vibrissal Cortex. Cereb. Cortex., 25(11):4450-68.
  4. Meyer HS, Egger R, Guest JM, Foerster R, Reissl S, Oberlaender M*. (2013) Cellular organization of cortical barrel columns is whisker-specific. PNAS, 110(47):19113-8.
  5. Oberlaender M, Ramirez A, Bruno RM*. (2012) Sensory experience restructures thalamocortical axons during adulthood. Neuron, 74(4):648-55.
  6. Oberlaender M*, de Kock CP, Bruno RM, Ramirez A, Meyer HS, Dercksen VJ, Helmstaedter M, Sakmann B. (2012) Cell type-specific three-dimensional structure of thalamocortical circuits in a column of rat vibrissal cortex. Cereb. Cortex, 22(10):2375-91.


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