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Benjamin Merkt

PhD Student

    Benjamin Merkt
    Bernstein Center Freiburg
    Hansastrasse 9a
    79104 Freiburg i.Br.
    Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 9319
    Fax: +49 (0)761 203 9559 


Research Project

  • NeuroSeeker - Investigation of local and global cortical circuits with advanced  neural  probes for high-resolution electrophysiological monitoring and optogenetic stimulation

Research Topics

  • Localization of neurons using high density multi electrode arrays
  • Investigation of the layered structure of the cerebral cortex


  • Data analysis of electrophysiological recordings
  • Compressed sensing algorithms
  • Large-scale neuronal network simulations



Academic Background

  • Since 10/2014: PhD Student, Bernstein Center, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
  • 04/2014 - 07/2014: Research Assistant, Physics Department, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany
  • 09/2010 - 05/2011: Year Abroad, Wesleyan University, CT, USA
  • 10/2007 - 02/2014: Diploma in Physics, Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany




  • B. Merkt, J. Timmer, D. Kaschek. Higher-order Lie-symmetries in
    identifiability and predictability analysis of dynamic models. Phys.
    Rev. E 92, 2015, 012920 
  • M. Schmidt, U. Kahlert, J. Wessolleck, D. Maciaczyk, B. Merkt, J.
    Maciaczyk, J. Osterholz, G. Nikkhah, M. O. Steinhauser. Characterization
    of a Setup to test the Impact of High-Amplitude Pressure Waves on Living
    Cells. Sci. Rep. 4, 2014, 3849







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