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Draguhn group

Principal investigator:
Institut für Physiologie & Pathophysiologie
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 326
69120 Heidelberg


General research interests and goals:

Our group is interested in neuronal communication and the resulting functional organization of neuronal networks. We focus on memory-related systems, especially the mammalian hippocampus and neighbouring structures. Using mostly electrophysiological methods, we analyse the function and plasticity of inhibitory synapses and fast network oscillations, trying to elucidate neuronal mechanisms underlying coordinated neuronal activity. Our work follows a mutual interaction process between experiments and mathematical models. We are, therefore, closely collaborating with Prof. Roger D. Traub (New York), Prof. Angela Stevens and Prof. Peter Bastian, all members of the BCCN, as well as with Dr. Adriano Tort, Natal (BR) as a specialist in data analysis.


B3 C2

Current group members:

PostDocs: Dr. Alexei Egorov / Dr. Evgeni Yanovski
PhD students: Pascal Geschwill / Martin Kaiser / Vivan Nguyen Chi / Antonio Yanez Santamaria
Research assistants: Dr. Jurij Brankack / Dr. Claus Brühl
Associates: Dr. Martin Both

Key publications:

Nguyen Chi V, Müller C, Wolfenstetter T, Yanovsky Y, Draguhn A, Tort AB, Brankačk J (2016) Hippocampal Respiration-Driven Rhythm Distinct from Theta Oscillations in Awake Mice J Neurosci 36:162-177 .
Thome C, Kelly T, Yanez A, Schultz C, Engelhardt M, Cambridge SB, Both M, Draguhn A, Beck H, Egorov AV (2014) Axon-Carrying Dendrites Convey Privileged Synaptic Input in Hippocampal Neurons Neuron 83:1418–1430 .
Yanovsky Y, Ciatipis M, Draguhn A, Tort ABL, Brankack J (2014) Slow Oscillations in the Mouse Hippocampus Entrained by Nasal Respiration J. Neuroscience 34:5949 –5964 .
Reichinnek S, von Kameke A, Hagenston AM, Freitag E, Roth FC, Bading H, Hasan MT, Draguhn A, Both M (2012) Reliable optical detection of coherent neuronal activity in fast oscillating networks in vitro Neuroimage 60:139-152 .
Bähner F, Weiss EK, Birke G, Maier N, Schmitz D, Rudolph U, Frotscher M, Traub RD, Both M, Draguhn A (2011) Cellular correlate of assembly formation in oscillating hippocampal networks in vitro Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108:E607-616 .