MSc/PhD Program
Thomas Offner
First Name:
Thomas

Last Name:
Offner

Country:
Germany

 



Thomas Offner

EDUCATION

College / University:
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Highest Degree:
B.Sc.

Major Subjects:
Molecular Medicine

Lab Experience:
In situ hybridization, confocal microscopy, image analysis and processing, RNA and protein biochemistry. Animal models: mouse, C.elegans, E.coli

Projects / Research:
Oct 2012 - July 2013: Activin induced changes in gene expression of hippocampal neurons // Localization of ActRIB in the olfactory bulb of the mouse (Alzheimer, IPP Erlangen)
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012: Analysis of ATX2 overexpression in motor neurons of C.elegans via optogenetic assays (Gottschalk, BMLS Frankfurt)
Apr 2010 - May 2010: Purification and crystallization of FeoB soluble domain orthologs (Kühlbrandt, MPI Frankfurt)

Scholarships:
2013 - 2014: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2009 - today: e-fellows stipend
Karl-Frisch Abiturientenpreis (VBIO)

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:

My major interest lies in the visualization of structure and communication of neural networks. Genetically encoded tools already used in optogenetics and live cell imaging offer a novel, minimally invasive opportunity to get access to circuits on a cellular level. I want to contribute to the development of techniques that will enable us to VIEW the "vastly complicated orchestra" of neuronal communication in a different light and thereby lead on a better understanding of its function.