MSc/PhD Program
Simon Weiler
First Name:
Simon

Last Name:
Weiler

Country:
Germany, Switzerland

 



Simon Weiler

EDUCATION

College / University:
Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Highest Degree:
B.Sc.

Major Subjects:
Neuroscience

Lab Experience:
Operant conditioning experiments, intracellular cell injections, electrophysiology in Drosophila

Projects / Research:
Apr - Sep 2010 Bachelor thesis: "A Drosophila model for studying Schizophrenia" at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience, Professor Bruno van Swinderen)
Dec 2009 - Apr 2010: "Retinal Ganglion cell injections: Method demonstrated in mouse and a non migrating zebra finch to facilitate a retinal ganglion cell classification in a migrating European robin" (Dept. of Biology, University of Oldenburg, Germany, AG Neurosensorik-Animal Navigation, Prof. Dr. H. Mouritsen)
May 2007 - Sep 2009: Operant conditioning tests with European Robins (see publications)

Publications:
Zapka M, Heyers D, Hein CM, Engels S, Schneider N-L, Hans J, Weiler S, Dreyer D, Kishkinev D, Wild JM, Mouritsen H (2009) Visual but not trigeminal mediation of magnetic compass information in a migratory bird. Nature 461, 1274-1277

Scholarships:
2011 - 2012: International Max Planck Research School support


SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:

Whilst being particularly interested in brain processes underlying vision, attention and sleep, I am also fascinated by the recent developments in regenerative neuroscience and its implication for curing brain diseases. My biggest wish is to contribute to the understanding of the cellular communication in the brain and its application to mental diseases.