I am a tenure track junior professor for Neurobiology of Vocal Communication. My lab studies the neural basis of flexible song sequencing. I did my postdoc with Michael Brainard at UCSF studying context-dependent song learning in Bengalese finches. As a PhD student with Andreas Nieder at the University of Tübingen we established electrophysiology in crows to study the neural basis of executive control in birds. I did my master’s thesis with Michale Fee at MIT, recording the development of respiratory patterns for song in juvenile zebra finches.
I'm a BS-MS graduate from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, India. I have always been interested in neuroethology and have worked with Dr. Raghav Rajan on zebra finches at IISER Pune. I did my master's thesis with Dr. Daniela Vallentin at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen on the role of inhibitory interneurons in song learning in zebra finches.
Jacqueline did her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Neurobiology at the Univeristy of Tübingen. She did her master thesis in the lab of Prof. Benda, studying communication in a wild population of electric fish in Colombia.
Lioba Fortkord is a MSc student in Neurobiology
Nils Riekers is a masters student in Cognitive Science and previously studied Computer Science at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University
Lena is a MSc student in Neurobiology and a technician in our group
Simon Bauerle is a BSc student in Biology
Yirong Xiong (lab rotation)
Csilla Pataki (M.Sc. student), now at Jörgen Kornfeld lab (MPI Biological Intelligence)
Yuhang Wang (technician), soon at Richard Hahnloser lab (ETH Zürich)
Shanqian Ma (technician)