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Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Ad Aertsen
Neurobiology and Biophysics
Institute of Biology III
Schaenzlestrasse 1
79104 Freiburg
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Academic Background
Research Positions
Research Topics
Scientific Honors, Editorial Boards,
Other Scientific Activities

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Academic Background

1966 - 1973: Studies in Physics and Applied Mathematics, Univ. Utrecht (NL)
1973: Diploma in Physics
1973 - 1981: Doctoral studies, Dept. Medical Physics & Biophysics (P. Johannesma), Univ. Nijmegen (NL)
1981: Dr. (comp. PhD) in Physics, Thesis: Spectro-Temporal Characterization of Auditory Neurons
1981 - 1982: Postdoc Biophysics, Dept. Medical Physics & Biophysics (P. Johannesma, J. Eggermont), Univ. Nijmegen (NL)
1983 - 1984: Postdoc Physiology, Dept. Physiology (G. Gerstein), Univ. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA)

Research Positions
1984 - 1990: Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (V. Braitenberg), Tübingen (Germany)
1990 - 1994: Research Associate and Workgroup leader, Inst. for Neuroinformatics (W. von Seelen), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
1994 - 1996: Associate Professor, Dept. Neurobiology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (Israel)
1996 - present: Professor in Neurobiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Research Topics
Recording, analysis and modeling of cortical network activity, neural assembly coding, cortical dynamics, brain theory, computational neuroscience, brain-machine interfacing

Single- and multiple-neuron recordings in slices and in vivo, design and application of advanced data analysis techniques for neuronal and behavioral data, neural network modeling using mathematics and large-scale network simulations

Scientific Honors, Editorial Boards, Other Scientific Activities
1990 - 1991: Lady Davis and Minerva Visiting Professor, Dept. Physiology, Hadassah Medical School, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Israel)
1995 - present: Editorial Board Biological Cybernetics
1997 - 2004: Editorial Board Theory in Biosciences
1997 - present: Faculty Member, International Summer Schools and Training Programs in Computational Neuroscience (Crete, Trieste, Riken, Obidos, Arcachon, Freiburg)
1999 - present: President of NeurAG - Neuroscience Federation Freiburg
1999 - present: Member Scientific Board Neurex - Tri-National Network of Neurosciences Upper Rhine Valley
2000 - 2006: Vice-Dean, Faculty of Biology
2001 - present: Editorial Board Journal of Neuroscience Methods
2001 - present: Board of Directors, Center for Neuroscience (Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften ZfN), University of Freiburg
2002 - present: Editorial Board Neuroinformatics
2003 - 2004: Elected Member Board of Directors, Computational Neuroscience Organization
2003 - present: Action Editor Neural Computation
2003 - 2006: Course Director, IBRO/FENS/EU Advanced Course Computational Neuroscience, Obidos (Portugal), Arcachon (France)
2004 - present: Coordinator and Founding Member, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Freiburg
2007 - present: Executive Board, Speman Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM)
2007 - 2010: Elected Member Executive Board, Spokesman Section Computational Neuroscience, German Neuroscience Society (NWG)
2007 - present: Member Scientific Board, European Interdisciplinary Graduate School "Frontiers in Life Sciences", Ecole Normale Supérieure, Univ. Descartes (Paris V) and Univ. Paris Diderot (Paris VII), Paris
2007 - 2010: Associate Editor, PLoS Computational Biology
2007 - present: Review Editor, Fontiers in Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, Frontiers in Neuroengineering
2008 - 2010: Chair, National Bernstein Network Computational Neuroscience, Germany
2008 - 2010: Dean of the Faculty of Biology
2009 - present: Coordinator and Founding Member, Bernstein Center Freiburg
2010 - present: Elected Member, Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
2010 - present: Vice-Dean, Faculty of Biology
2011 - present: Advisory Board, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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