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Arvind Kumar


    kumar.jpgDr. Arvind Kumar
    Bernstein Center Freiburg
    Hansastr. 9a
    79104 Freiburg i.Br.
    Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 9574
    Fax: +49 (0)761 203 9559


Research Projects

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Research Interests

  • Controllability of biological neural networks
  • Neural coding and spiking activity propagation
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Basal ganglia dynamics and function
  • Computational models of brain diseases (e.g. Epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, PTSD/Anxiety)


Academic Background

  • 2002-2006: PhD studies in computational neuroscience, Neurobiology & Biophysics Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
  • 1999-2000: Masters Engineering (Non-linear Systems). Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India.

Professional Activities

  • 2008-present: Action Editor, Neural Computation
  • 2006-present: Reviewer (Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology)

Research Positions

  • 2008-present: Assistant Professor in Neurobiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, Albert-Ludwig-University, Freiburg, Germany
  • 2006-2008: Postdoc, Dept. of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
  • 2000-2002: Senior research fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India



  • Vlachos I, Zaytsev Y, Spreizer S, Aertsen A, &Kumar A (2013)
    Neural System Prediction and Identification Challenge.
    conditionally accepted Frontiers in Neuroinformatics.
  • Kumar A, Vlachos I, Aertsen A, & Boucsein C (2013)
    The challenges of understanding brain function by specific manipulation of neuronal sub-populations.
    Trends in Neurosci 36(10):579-586. (pdf)
  • Froriep UP, Kumar A, Haeussler U, Cosandier-Rimele D, Haas CA & Egert U (2012)
    Theta coupling shifts within the hippocampal formation in temporal lobe epilepsy.
    Epilepsia 53(11) 1937-1947. (pdf)
  • Vlachos I, Aertsen A, Kumar A (2012)
    Implications of network structure on neural activity: Beyond statistical significance.
    PLoS computational Biology 8(1): e1002311. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002311. (pdf)
  • Kumar A, Cardanobile S, Rotter S & Aertsen A (2011)
    Role of inhibition in generating and controlling Parkinson’s disease related oscillations in the basal ganglia.
    Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 5:86. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2011.00086.
  • Yim MY, Aertsen A, Kumar A (2011)
    Significance of input correlations in striatal function
    PLoS Computational Biology 7(11): e1002254. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002254
  • Kumar A & Mehta MR (2011)
    Frequency dependent changes in NMDAR-dependent synaptic plasticity
    Front. Comput. Neurosci. 5:38. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2011.00038. 
  • Kumar, A. & Singh, H. P. (2011)
    Information homeostasis as a fundamental principle governing the cell division and death.
    Med Hypotheses (in press)
  • Vlachos I, Herry C, Lüthi A, Aertsen A & Kumar A (2011)
    Context dependent encoding of fear and extinction memories in a large-scale network model of the basal amygdala.
    PLOS Computational Biology 7(3): e1001104. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1001104
  • Kremkow, J., Aertsen, A. & Kumar, A. (2010)
    Gating of signal propagation in spiking neural networks by balanced and correlated excitation and inhibition.
    J Neurosci 30: 15760-15768. [pdf]
  • Kumar, A.; Rotter, S. & Aertsen, A. (2010)
    Spiking activity propagation in neuronal networks: reconciling different perspectives on neural coding.
    Nat Rev Neurosci 11 : 615-627. [pdf]
  • Kumar, A., Rotter, S., & Aertsen, A. (2008)
    Conditions for Propagating Synchronous Spiking and Asynchronous Firing Rates in a Cortical Network Model
    J.Neurosci. 28(20):5268-5280. [pdf]
  • Kumar, A., Schrader, S., Rotter, S., & Aertsen, A. (2008)
    The high conductance state of cortical networks.
    Neural Computation 20(1): 1-43. [pdf]
  • Ahmed, OJ., McFarland, JM. & Kumar, A. (2008)
    Reactivation in ventral striatum during hippocampal ripples: evidence for the binding of reward and spatial memories?
    J. Neurosci. 28: 9895-9897.
  • Kremkow, J., Kumar A., Rotter, S., & Aertsen, A. (2007)
    Emergence of population synchrony in a layered network of the cat visual cortex. Neurocomputing, 70 2069–2073. [pdf]
  • Meier, R., Kumar A., Schulze-Bonhage, A., & Aertsen, A. (2007). Comparison of dynamical states of random networks with human EEG.
    Neurocomputing, 70 1843-1847. [pdf]

Popular Science Articles

  • Grah G, Kremkow J, Aertsen A & Kumar A (2011)
    Computational Neuroscience: Wie mathematische Modelle helfen können, unser Nervensystem zu verstehen.
    Biospektrum 01.11, 130

Non-Neuroscience publications

  • Kumar A, Singh HP (2011)
    Information homeostasis as a fundamental principle governing the cell division and death. To appear in Medical Hypotheses. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.05.003.


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