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Dr Gerrit Hilgen started as a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in May 2020. He gained his PhD in 2012 at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) and has been employed since as a Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience (University of Oldenburg, Germany) and as a Research Associate in Retinal Neuroscience (Newcastle University). He is interested in sensory signal processing, neuroinformatics and anatomy with a focus on the mature and neonatal retina in health and disease and human pluripotent stem cell derived retinal organoids. Dr Hilgen helped to develop UK’s first experimental and analytical framework for light stimulation and simultaneous recording from hundreds to thousands of retinal ganglion cells, investigating various aspects of global retinal network function across the lifespan in mice and retinal organoids in health and disease.

All his peer-reviewed publications span several disciplines such as neuroscience, stem cell sciences and neuroinformatics and so he has become an expert in a wide range of skills to overcome scientific and technological challenges. His long-term ambition is to build up an interdisciplinary laboratory that bridges neuroscience, molecular biology and computational approaches to investigate the interactions between function, genes and anatomy in health and disease.

Education/Academic qualification

Neurosciences, PhD, University of Oldenburg

Award Date: 7 Jun 2012


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