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Golan Karvat

PhD Student


Optophysiology - Optogenetics and Neurophysiology                                                                  
Faculty of Biology III, and Bernstein Center Freiburg
Albertstr. 23
79104 Freiburg i.Br.
Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 8422


Research Project

  • Response patterns of projection-defined subpopulations in motor cortex

Research Topics

  • Motor cortex, somatosensory cortex, striatum, neural oscillations


  • Behavioral neuroscience, in-vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, data analysis, signal processing

Academic Background

  • Since 2014: PhD student at Fac. of biology and BCF. Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester.
  • 2009-2012: M.Sc in biology. Advisor: Dr. Tali Kimchi, department of neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Thesis title: "Behavioral assays for the underlying symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders in laboratory mice".
  • 2006-2009: B.Sc, brain science expanded program, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.



  • Karvat G. and Kimchi T. Acetylcholine elevation relieves cognitive rigidity and social deficiency in a mouse model of autism. Neuropsychopharmacology 39 (2014), pp 831-840.
  • Karvat G. and Kimchi T. Systematic autistic-like behavioral phenotyping of 4 mouse strains using a novel wheel-running assay. Behavioural Brain Research 233 (2012), pp. 405-414.

Conference Abstracts

  • Segal H., Karvat G., Barzilay R., Ganz J., Barak N., Edry L., Offen D. Kimchi T. Intracerebroventricular transplantation of human mesenchymal stem cells promotes hippocampal neurogenesis and improves three core autistic-like behavioural phenotypes of BTBR mice. Abstract: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 53 (2014), pp. S112-S112.
  • Karvat G. and Kimchi T. Is my Mouse Autistic? Novel Behavioral Tests for the Underlying Symptoms of ASD. Abstract: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 48 (2012), pp. S58-S59.
  • Karvat G. and Kimchi T.: Novel Test for Evaluating Rigidity and Compulsive Behavior: Implications for a Mouse Model of Autism. “Cell Symposia: Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Mechanisms to Therapies”, Arlington, VA, USA, 2011
  • Karvat G., Beny Y. and Kimchi T.: Is my mouse autistic? Nlgn3 knock-out mice as a model for Autism- behavioral phenotype. Abstract: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience 45 (2011), pp. S60-S60