Matthias Haberl




Neuroscience Research Center

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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

What’s your elevator pitch?

We aim to investigate the functional and structural rewiring of inhibitory connections in the hippocampus of mice upon spatial encoding. We will determine whether sharp-wave ripples, an oscillation characteristic from the hippocampus, have a critical role in this re-wiring.

What fascinates you about your project?

To understand how brain circuits – and in particular interneurons – adapt structurally to encode new information.

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

I was always curious to understand about the fundamental processes that give rise to thoughts in our brain. During my university degree in biology I started to work in different labs to study genetic markers in mental disorders and later neuronal markers in the barrel cortex.

What does your family think you do for a living?

My family thinks I look at brains with electrons and photons and microscopes that look like the International Space Station.