Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research!

Our Institute is a fundamental research and scientific training institution devoted to understanding mechanistically the structure, development, operations, functions, and evolution of the brain.


Julijana Gjorgjieva 

We study how neural circuit organization and computation emerge from the interaction of single neuron properties and synaptic plasticity during learning and development, and from efficient coding principles during evolution.

Moritz Helmstaedter

We acquire connectomes, the maps of neuronal networks in the brain, to decipher how the cerebral cortex stores sensory experience and uses it to detect objects in the environment.

Hiroshi Ito 

Our lab focuses on neural circuits mediating planning and decisions for goal-directed spatial navigation, investigating how the brain can encode the next destination and simulate its associated sequences of actions based on the brain’s internal map.

Gilles Laurent

Our laboratory is interested in the behavior, dynamics and emergent properties of neural systems (typically, networks of interacting neurons or neuron populations), especially as these properties relate to neural coding and sensory representation.

Erin Schuman

Erin Schuman’s long-standing research interest is the study of cellular mechanisms and neural circuits that underlie information processing and storage and animal behavior.

Vanessa Stempel 

Our lab studies the neural mechanisms that underlie the flexible implementation of instinctive behaviours, with a focus on the synaptic and cellular correlates of behavioural flexibility in defined neural circuits.

Amparo Acker-Palmer

We are interested in elucidating the molecular pathways involved in the crosstalk between vessels and nerves and how this crosstalk signaling is integrated among the different cellular players (neurons, endothelial cells, astrocytes) at the neurovascular interface.

Alison Barker

Our group studies neural mechanisms for the processing and production of socially meaningful communication, with a particular focus on vocal communication.


Education and Careers

Doctoral Training

We provide highly qualified university graduates with the possibility of gaining their doctorate in our areas of research. Our doctoral students are introduced to state of the art research and receive the methodological tools necessary to conduct independent research on an international level and publish their work.

Current Vacancies

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research is a fundamental research and scientific training institution focused on understanding the brain. We are looking for people with unconventional ideas and excellent performance.

Equal Opportunities

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research offers various measures to guarantee that female and male employees receive equal opportunities towards career development and to achieve a manageable science and family balance.
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