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Klara Gerlei

Klara Gerlei 's biography and research focus.

Miss Klara Gerlei

PhD Student - Nolan Group

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  • 2015- PhD Neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2014-2015 MScR Integrative neuroscience, The University of Edinburgh
  • 2010-2014 BSc Molecular bionics engineering, University of Szeged, Hungary


I’m interested in how cognitive processes, such as learning and memory work. I decided to study spatial navigation, because it is a cognitive process with a behavioural readout that allows us to design experiments to dissect the underlying circuitry, and potentially understand how the brain calculates where we are.

My main aim in my PhD is to understand the role of the deep medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) in spatial navigation, more specifically in path integration. To achieve that, I perform in vivo electrophysiology recordings in behaving mice, and look at the anatomy of the deep MEC.

Recent publications

Tennant, Sarah; Garden, Derek; Gerlei, Klara; Martinez-Gonzalez, Cristina; McClure, Christina; Wood, Emma; Nolan, Matthew. (2018). Stellate cells in medial entorhinal cortex are required for spatial learning, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. School of Biomedical Sciences. Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/2290