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Three ERC Starting Grants for projects in Biochemistry and Neuroscience

Julijana Gjorgjieva and two other researchers from the "MaxPlanck@TUM" program will receive funding from the European Research Council (ERC).
Three ERC Starting Grants for projects in Biochemistry and Neuroscience

Julijana Gjorgjieva

Along with three other members of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) they won ERC Starting Grants in this year's competition. Starting Grants are intended for early-career scientists and are endowed with as much as € 1.5 million.

With „MaxPlanck@TUM“, excellent young scientists are appointed to an Assistant Professorship at TUM as well as to lead a Max-Planck research group. This provides them with outstanding research opportunities and clear career perspectives in the TUM Tenure Track system: if they receive a positive assessment after a period of six years, the transition to a permanent, higher-payed professorship is guaranteed.

Four of the current nine scientists in the "MaxPlanck@TUM" program have already won an ERC Grant, one of the most important European research subsidies. This year, Julijana Gjorgjieva succeeded along with Karl Duderstadt and Danny Nedialkova. Julijana Gjorgjieva is Professor for Computational Neuroscience at TUM as well as leader of the research group "Computation in Neural Circuits" at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt.

As a faculty member of the SMARTSTART Joint Training Program Computational Neuroscience of the Bernstein Network Julijana Gjorgjieva is involved in the selection process of future scholars. As an active mentor, she is also in direct contact with the students.

About Julijana Gjorgjieva's research
How are neuronal circuits constructed and organized during the early post-natal stage of human development? Julijana Gjorgjieva addresses this question in her project "NeuroDevo". Together with her team she will apply a combination of data analysis, theory and modelling. Another project objective is ascertaining how neuronal circuits are changed by intact and disturbed sensory activities. In this context Gjorgjieva analyzes longitudinal sectional images of individual neurons and network activities via a synthesis of data from three collaborating laboratories. 

Gjorgjieva and her team are searching for new aspects of such activity that drive the refinement of circuits over a longer period of time. In addition, the group will investigate how activity and circuit properties mutually influence one another and how individual components impact the organization of circuits.

At this year's Bernstein Conference, taking place September 26-28 in Berlin, Julijana Gjorgjieva will give a lecture as invited speaker about “Shaping developing circuits by patterned spontaneous and early sensory activity ".

Modified after original text by Dr. Ulrich Marsch, Corporate Communications Center TU Munich

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