Andreas Vlachos




Universität Freiburg

Institut für Anatomie und Zellbiologie


Imagine we’re in an elevator and you have until we reach our floor to pitch your project/idea.

What’s your elevator pitch?

By investigating rTMS in human cortical circuits, we aim to bridge crucial knowledge gaps in neuroscience and clinical practice, potentially revolutionizing non-invasive brain stimulation therapies for conditions like depression.

What fascinates you about your project?

What personally fascinates me about this project is the opportunity to explore the intricate mechanisms by which rTMS influences interneuron plasticity within the human cortex, potentially unlocking new frontiers in our understanding of brain function and therapy.

How did you come to work in the field of Neuroscience?

My journey into neuroscience began during my medical studies, where a deep-seated passion for anatomy and an enduring fascination with the complexities of the brain among all anatomical structures steered me towards this field. It was the brain’s intricate architecture and its profound impact on how we interact with the world (in health and disease) that captivated me from the start.

What does your family think you do for a living?

My family humorously views me as a relentless neuroanatomists who spends the days teaching medical students, and then, as night falls, embarks on a secret mission in the institute’s dissection hall to decode the complexities of brain structure.