GSN Munich

Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences


Ezhilarasan Rajaram (Eli)

Eli is a seafood addict, stuck in landlocked Munich.

Event brief : InPharma Case interview workshop

I'm hoping to finish my PhD in a year (okay, it may take longer) and was looking at career options. One of the options was Management Consulting and the hiring process for such a role involves something called "Case interviews".... Continue Reading →

Bare necessities: ECTS guide for PhD students

This post is for the GSN PhD students with any doubts about collecting ECTS points. We need 180 points to graduate within a maximum of 10 semesters: 150 points come from completing your PhD project (so as long as you... Continue Reading →

Self generated sounds and the DCN

Let me introduce the protagonist: the DCN DCN is the abbreviated form of dorsal cochlear nucleus. The DCN is a brainstem nucleus. DCN receives direct auditory input from the cochlea via the auditory nerve. The DCN also receives somatosensory input... Continue Reading →

Nicotine avoidance and GLP-1 neurons

After stuffing your face with < enter favourite food >, you invariably feel full. You simply can't eat anymore. This satiety is not an aversive experience, but rather an avoidance response.  Apparently, smokers also feel this satiety when it comes... Continue Reading →

Top 20 alternative career paths

What comes after your PhD ? You might be wrapping up your PhD, set for a post-doc and suddenly having doubts about your career choice. Or, you might be just starting your PhD. It's never too late, or too early,... Continue Reading →

Movement related activity suppresses certain sensory signals

When you want to judge the texture of an object, you actively use your fingers to touch and feel the given surface. The very act of moving your fingers already provides sensory stimulation (e.g.: the skin in between your fingers stretches).... Continue Reading →

Internal representation of space influences visual processing

Say you are walking down the same street you have walked every day for a decade. Before you realize what you are looking at, you notice something is different. Maybe the McDonald's has been replaced by Burger King. What's going on... Continue Reading →

Orientation selectivity and functional clustering of synaptic inputs

Moving away from our theme of memory consolidation, looking at Parvalbumin and Somatostatin interneurons, in this blog post we focus on the visual system. In 1958, David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel discovered that cells in the visual cortex of cats... Continue Reading →

Somatostatin interneurons control size of memory ensembles

Following up on our previous post about parvalbumin interneurons, this time we look at memory consolidation and somatostatin interneurons. Another type of interneuron that express a peptide- somatostatin. This recent paper shows how somatostatin interneurons (SST) of the hippocampus control... Continue Reading →

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