Professor Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva - Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prizewinner 2022

Computational Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt/Main and Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva

Prof. Dr. Julijana Gjorgjieva

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How does the activity in the brain, generated spontaneously in the nervous system or triggered by external impulses, control the organisation of an entire neuronal network in the first weeks shortly after birth? This is one of the key questions being pursued by Julijana Gjorgjieva. Essentially the aim is to understand at a theoretical level how self-organisation functions in mammalian neural circuits. But Gjorgjieva is also seeking to find out about the connection between visual stimulus change, for example during day and night, and neuronal network activity. In investigating these and other diverse questions, she uses computer-based and mathematical approaches, linking calculations on individual nerve cells with those of an entire neuronal network in her modelling – and she does so highly effectively, also in collaboration with experimentally oriented working groups.



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