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Dr. Bart Geurten

Research Interests

I am interested in sensory neuronal processing. Most often sensory processes take place under closed loop situations. As for example hearing an interesting sound and moving towards it’s source or navigating to a visual target. The input to the sensory organs is altered as soon as the animal starts to move. These are fundamental problems of all animals, which are solved by tiny insects with a brain of approximately less then a million neurons. The behavioural and neuronal mechanisms to solve these tasks have to be highly efficient in order to emerge from a small insect brain. Insects, therefore, have remarkable properties that make them suitable experimental systems in the context of neuroethology and sensory neurophysiology, i.e. the small number of participating neurons (in relation to mamals) and a versatile behaviour that can solve highly challenging tasks.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2006-2011 Doctoral thesis „On the different active gaze strategies in dipteran flies“ in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. M. Egelhaaf, Bielefeld University (Germany)
  • 2006 Diploma - Thesis: "Neurophysiology of small target motiom detectors in the dragonfly lobula" in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. D. O'Carroll, University of Adelaide (Australia) and Prof Dr. A. Büschges at the University of Cologne (Germany)
  • 2000 - 2005 Undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Cologne (Germany)
  • 2000 General qualification for university entrance (A-levels)

Awards / Scholarships

  • 2010 Young Investigator Award of the International Society of Neuroethology
  • 2009 Best Presentation Award of the NeuroDoWo
  • 2007 PhD Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes