MSc/PhD Program
First Name:

Last Name:

The Netherlands



John Tukker


College / University:
1996-2001 Utrecht University, the Netherlands
2001 Monash University, Australia
2003-2004 University of Pennsylvania, USA

Highest Degree:
Equivalent of M.Sc. in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence

Major Subject:
Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience

Projects / Research:
2001: Master’s Thesis "Simulating motion detection: a bilocal model", Dr. M.J.M. Lankheet, Dept. of Comparative Physiology, Utrecht University
2002-2004: "Direction selectivity in the starburst amacrine cell", Dr. R.G. Smith, Dept. of Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
2004: "Vesicle recycling in hippocampal neurons", Dr. J. Klingauf, Dept. of Membrane Biophysics, MPI for Biophysical Chemistry.

2001: Trajectum scholarship
2004-2005: Stipend International Max Planck Research School


"Role of Morphology in Direction Selectivity in the Starburst Amacrine Cell"(2003) R.G. Smith, J.J. Tukker, R.W. Taylor. ARVO Meeting Abstracts 44:4130.

"Direction Selectivity in a Model of the Starburst Amacrine Cell" (2004) J.J. Tukker, R.W. Taylor, R.G. Smith, Visual Neuroscience 21:4:611-625.


I am fascinated by the question of how simple elements can be combined to produce complex higher-level behavior. Applied to neuroscience: how is a network of neurons able to perform computations? More specifically, I am interested in how the often highly specific properties of neurons help networks to carry out their task. To this end, I would like to combine empirical investigation of neuronal properties with computational modeling approaches.