William F. Paes de Barros




Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Neuroscience Researchcenter Center

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?

The idea of getting closer to deciphering the physiological mechanisms used by the brain to encode memory systems.

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

After working with crabs and later with plants, I realized that actually it was the nervous system the one behind the most interesting biological questions I had in my head.

What does your family think you do for a living?

My family thinks I “Color brain cells”; “look for markers in the hippocampus of mice”; “studies memory”; “sacrifice mice, slice their brains and take pictures”.