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Neural Data Science for Vision Research

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Philipp Berens

First namePhilipp
Present position and titleGroup Leader (tenured), PD Dr. rer. nat

Business address

Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)
Institute for Ophthalmic Research
University of Tübingen
Otfried-Müller-Str. 25
D-72076 Tübingen,

Phone: +49 (0)7071 29-88833
E-mail: philipp.berens[at]

Academic Education

Year Degree University Field of study
2017 Habilitation University of Tübingen Biostatistics
2013 Dr. rer. nat. International Max Planck Research School for Neural and Behavioral Sciences, University of Tübingen Computational / Systems Neuroscience
2009 BA University of Tübingen Philosophy
2008 Diplom University of Tübingen Bioinformatik

Professional Experience

Period Institution Position Discipline
2012-2016 Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of Tübingen Postdoctoral Researcher Computational Neuroscience
2008-2012 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen / Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA PhD Student Computational / Systems Neuroscience

Academic Awards

2015 Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience, BMBF
2013 Klaus Tschira Award for a Public Understanding of Science

Past and Current Funding

2016-2021 Bernstein Award, BMBF, 1.250.000 Euro
„Cell type specific neural computations“ (01GQ1601)
2015-2017 DFG Sachbeihilfe, 150.000 Euro
“How response diversity of retinal ganglion cells arises from the synaptic interactions in the inner retina” (BE 5601/1-1)

Selected Publications

  1. Theis L*, P Berens*$, M Froudarakis, J Reimer, M Rezac, T Baden, T Euler, AS Tolias, M Bethge (2016): Supervised learning sets benchmark for robust spike rate inference from calcium imaging signals, Neuron, 90(3): 471-482  
  2. Baden T*, P Berens*, K Franke*, M Rezac, M Bethge, T Euler (2016): The functional diversity of retinal ganglion cells in the mouse, Nature (529), 345-350
  3. Cadwell CR, A Palasantza, X Jiang, P Berens, Q Deng, M Yilmaz, J Reimer, S Shen, M Bethge, KF Tolias, R Sandberg, AS Tolias (2016): Morphological, electrophysiological and transcriptomic profiling of single neurons using Patch-seq, Nature Biotechnology (34), 199-203
  4. Jiang X, S Shen, CR Cadwell CR, P Berens, F Sinz, AS Ecker, S Patel, AS Tolias (2015): Principles of connectivity among morphologically defined cell types in adult neocortex, Science 350 (6264), aac9462