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Carsten Mehring


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Research Topics

  • Brain-machine interface
  • Motor adaptation and motor skill learning
  • Neuronal dynamics
  • Decision making
  • Computational neuroscience


  • Behavioural experiments (using virtual reality)
  • Electrophysiology and neuroimaging (EEG,ECoG,fNIRS)
  • Transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS&tACS)
  • Advanced neural signal analysis
  • Computational modelling



Academic Background

  • 1999 - 2003: PhD in Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biology III, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Aertsen
  • 1993 - 1998: Diploma in Physics, Ruprecht-Karls- University Heidelberg (Germany)

Research Positions

  • 11/2013 - present: Full professor, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg
  • 2010 - 2013: Senior lecturer, Dept. of Bioengineering and Dept. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London
  • 2003 - 2010: Lecturer (C1), Animal Physiology and Neurobiology, Institute of Biology I, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg


Scientific Honors, Editorial Boards, Other Scientific Activities

  • Paxinos and Watson prize of the Australian Neuroscience Society (2011)
  • Top cited paper award from the Journal of Neuroscience Methods for the paper Pistohl et al. 2008
  • Go-Bio award (endowed with 2.1 M€) for the development of Brain-Machine Interfaces from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (2006) together with Dr. Tonio Ball and Dr. Jörn Rickert
  • Pfizer research award (2004)
  • Member of the Junior academy of young scholars and scientists of the Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities (2002-2007)
  • PhD scholarship from the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds for basic medical research (1999-2003)
  • Scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation (1996-1998)
  • Associate editor for Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics


Selected publications

  • Kobak D, Mehring C, 2012, Adaptation paths to novel motor tasks are shaped by prior structure learning., J Neurosci, Vol:32, 0270-6474, Pages:9898-9908
  • Milekovic T, Fischer J, Pistohl T, et al., 2012, An online brain-machine interface using decoding of movement direction from the human electrocorticogram., Journal of neural engineering, Vol:9, ISSN:1741-2552, Pages:046003-046003
  • Pistohl T, Schulze-Bonhage A, Aertsen A, et al., 2012, Decoding natural grasp types from human ECoG., Neuroimage, Vol:59, 1053-8119, Pages:248-260
  • Braun DA, Aertsen A, Wolpert DM, Mehring C (2009) Learning optimal adaptation strategies in unpredictable motor tasks, Journal of Neuroscience 29(20):6472-8
  • Braun DA, Aertsen A, Wolpert DM, Mehring C (2009) Motor Task Variation Induces Structural Learning, Current Biology 19(4):352-7



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