"I have always been fascinated by the brain's ability to switch 'gears' and function in different modes depending on the context and goal at a particular moment."
In Conversation with Research Alumnus Prof. Dr. Georgios A. Keliris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium
What is your connection with Tübingen and the University?
To me, Tübingen is synonymous with several important highlights of my academic career as well as personal fulfillments. Having spent 15 years (2000-2015) in this picturesque university town, I enjoyed its exceptional cultural and intellectual vibes, its hospitality and international character and explored each centimeter of its historical streets and buildings. My Tübingen journey started when I enroled in the international MSc program in Neural and Behavioral sciences – a career turning point from physics to neuroscience – and continued with obtaining my PhD in Neuroscience at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics under the supervision of Professor Nikos Logothetis. I further continued my scientific work at MPI, first as a post-doctoral fellow and then as a project leader – thereby taking my first step towards independence. Given all of the above, I see Tübingen as the Alma Mater of my scientific career. During those wonderful years, I had the joy of meeting many amazing people and building everlasting friendships. Last but not least, it was the place I met my wife and where our beautiful daughter was born. Thus, Tübingen holds a very special place in the life of my family and remains very close to our hearts.