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Gerrit Hilgen started his first academic position in the department of Applied Sciences in 2020. He is interested in neuronal signal processing, functional and structural imaging, as well as scientific computing with a focus on the mature and neonatal retina in health and disease and human retinal organoids. His research is internationally recognised as evidenced by frequent invitations for oral presentations and many peer-reviewed publications in high prestige journals. Gerrit has successfully spearheaded interdisciplinary research projects and led a scientific consultancy in an industrial collaboration. 

Gerrit is involved in projects including transplantation of photoreceptor precursors at early and advanced stages of retinal degeneration to restore vision, as well as projects deciphering novel synapse forming mechanisms and ocular channelopathies. His recent study used a combination of cell labelling with high resolution microscopy and electrophysiology to decipher new groups of neurons that share a common gene expression. Gerrit’s ambition is to build a world-leading laboratory that bridges between various disciplines including bio(medical)science, cellular imaging, multi-omics/multimodal, and computational approaches. 

He is designing and delivering learning & teaching content for the BSc Biology & BSc Biomedical programme in the department of Applied Sciences. He is the module leader for the level 6 module “Neuroscience in Practice” and lecturer/practical instructor on several other biology/biomedical modules. His module develops knowledge and understanding of current techniques involved in neuroscience but also applied professional skills e.g., group work, critical thinking and providing feedback.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Neurosciences, PhD, Expression and functional role of the solute carrier NCBE and the gap junction proteins connexin45 and connexin57 in the mouse retina, University of Oldenburg

Award Date: 7 Jun 2012


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