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Klara Gerlei

Investigating directional firing in grid cells, and studying the deep medial entorhinal cortex.

Dr Klara Gerlei

Postdoctoral Researcher - Nolan lab

  • Hugh Robson Building
  • 15 George Square
  • Edinburgh, EH8 9XD

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Personal profile

  • 2019- Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2015- 2019 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

Research

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 current research projects include investigating directional firing in grid cells, and studying the deep medial entorhinal cortex. I perform in vivo electrophysiology recordings in behaving mice, and look at the anatomy of the deep medial entorhinal cortex.

Publications:

Gerlei, K., Passlack, J., Hawes, I. et al. Grid cells are modulated by local head direction. Nat Commun 11, 4228 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17500-1

Tennant SA, Fischer L, Garden DLF, Gerlei KZ, Martinez-Gonzalez C, McClure C, Wood ER, Nolan MF. Stellate Cells in the Medial Entorhinal Cortex Are Required for Spatial Learning. Cell Rep. 2018 Jan 30;22(5):1313-1324. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.01.005. PMID: 29386117; PMCID: PMC5809635.