In Silico Brain Sciences

Max Planck Research Group

We reconstruct neural networks and elucidate mechanistic principles of how the brain integrates sensory information.

Group Leader

Dr. Marcel Oberlaender

Dr. Marcel Oberlaender


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 Postdoctoral fellow, Dep. of Digital Neuroanatomy, Max Planck Florida Institute
2012 – 2016 Bernstein Group leader, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
2012 – 2015 Guest-group leader, Dep. of Digital Neuroanatomy, Max Planck Florida Institute
Since 08/2016 Max Planck Group leader, Center for Advanced European Studies and Research

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