Marlene Bartos

PI, Coordinator



Institute of Physiology I

University of Freiburg


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

What’s your elevator pitch?

How do we represent the external world in the brain, and why is inhibition so important for memorizing experiences and discriminating them from other memories? In close collaboration with our colleagues in IN-Code, we aim to address these questions by focusing on two complementary types of inhibitory cells as a model.

What fascinates you about your project?

I am fascinated by the sculpting nature of inhibition, which controls neural performance at almost every level of information processing and thereby shapes the neural code.

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

As first semester student in the field of biology I recognized that the function of the brain is least understood. Since then I was very much interested in contributing to our knowledge on how information might be stored in neuronal networks and made available at later time for supporting cognitive functions and the control of behavior.

What does your family think you do for a living?

My family thinks that I train students in the field of medicine and they find it cool that I can watch neurons in the brain as animals memorize their recent reward locations.