Alexei Vyssotski

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My research interests are focused on understanding of the brain function in birds and mamals. In particular, I am interested in studying of navigation and memory processes, related to it. I investigate brain activity in freely moving animals, both in naturalistic and lab settings in order to elucidate electro-physiological correlates of different complex behavioral processes - orientation, decision making, inter-subject interactions.


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  • Aulsebrook AE, Connelly F, Johnsson RD, Jones TM, Mulder RA, Hall ML, Vyssotski AL, Lesku JA. White and Amber Light at Night Disrupt Sleep Physiology in Birds. , Curr. Biol., 30:(18), 2020
  • Connelly F, Johnsson RD, Aulsebrook AE, Mulder RA, Hall ML, Vyssotski AL, Lesku JA. Urban noise restricts, fragments, and lightens sleep in Australian magpies. , Environ Pollut. , 2020
  • Padovani L, Tesoriero C, Vyssotski A, Bentivoglio M, Chiamulera C. Hippocampal gamma oscillations by sucrose instrumental memory retrieval in rats across sleep/wake cycle. , Neurosci Lett. , 2020
  • van Hasselt SJ, Mekenkamp GJ, Komdeur J, Allocca G, Vyssotski AL, Piersma T, Rattenborg NC, Meerlo P. Seasonal variation in sleep homeostasis in migratory geese: a rebound of NREM sleep following sleep deprivation in summer but not in winter. , Sleep, 2020
  • van Hasselt SJ, Rusche M, Vyssotski AL, Verhulst S, Rattenborg NC, Meerlo P. Sleep Time in the European Starling Is Strongly Affected by Night Length and Moon Phase. , Curr. Biol., 30:(9), 2020
  • van Hasselt SJ, Rusche M, Vyssotski AL, Verhulst S, Rattenborg NC, Meerlo P. The European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) shows signs of NREM sleep homeostasis but has very little REM sleep and no REM sleep homeostasis. , Sleep, 43:(6), 2020
  • Yu X, Ba W, Zhao G, Ma Y, Harding EC, Yin L, Wang D, Li H, Zhang P, Shi Y, Yustos R, Vyssotski AL, Dong H, Franks NP, Wisden W. Dysfunction of ventral tegmental area GABA neurons causes mania-like behavior. , Mol Psychiatry, 2020





  • Amendola, E and Zhan, Y and Mattucci, C and Castroflorio, E and Calcagno, E and Fuchs, C and Lonetti, G and Silingardi, D and Vyssotski, AL and Farley, D and Ciani, E and Pizzorusso, T and Giustetto, M and Gross, CT Mapping pathological phenotypes in a mouse model of CDKL5 disorder., PLoS One, 9:(5), 2014
  • Anisimov, Victor N and Herbst, Joshua A and Abramchuk, Andrei N and Latanov, Alexander V and Hahnloser, Richard H R and Vyssotski, Alexei L Reconstruction of vocal interactions in a group of small songbirds, Nature Methods(11) 1135–1137, 2014
  • Baker, R and Gent, TC and Yang, Q and Parker, S and Vyssotski, AL and Wisden, W and Brickley, SG and Franks, NP Altered activity in the central medial thalamus precedes changes in the neocortex during transitions into both sleep and propofol anesthesia., J Neurosci., 34:(40) 13326-13335, 2014
  • Duriez, O and Kato, A and Tromp, C and Dell'Omo, G and Vyssotski, AL and Sarrazin, F and Ropert-Coudert, Y. How cheap is soaring flight in raptors? A preliminary investigation in freely-flying vultures., PLoS One, 9:(1), 2014
  • Gelegen, C and Gent, TC and Ferretti, V and Zhang, Z and Yustos, R and Lan, F and Yang, Q and Overington, DW and Vyssotski, AL and van Lith, HA and Wisden, W and Franks, NP. Staying awake--a genetic region that hinders α2 adrenergic receptor agonist-induced sleep., Eur J Neurosci., 40:(1) 2311-9, 2014
  • Scriba, MF and Rattenborg, NC and Dreiss, AN and Vyssotski, AL and Roulin, A. Sleep and vigilance linked to melanism in wild barn owls., J Evol Biol., 27:(10) 2057-68, 2014
  • Voirin, B and Scriba, MF and Martinez-Gonzalez, D and Vyssotski, AL and Wikelski, M and Rattenborg, NC. Ecology and neurophysiology of sleep in two wild sloth species., Sleep, 37:(4) 753-61, 2014
  • Yu, X and Zecharia, A and Zhang, Z and Yang, Q and Yustos, R and Jager, P and Vyssotski, AL and Maywood, ES and Chesham, JE and Ma, Y and Brickley, SG and Hastings, MH and Franks, NP and Wisden, W. Circadian Factor BMAL1 in Histaminergic Neurons Regulates Sleep Architecture., Curr Biol., 24:(23) 2838-44, 2014
  • Zhan, Y and Paolicelli, RC and Sforazzini, F and Weinhard, L and Bolasco, G and Pagani, F and Vyssotski, AL and Bifone, A and Gozzi, A and Ragozzino, D and Gross, CT. Deficient neuron-microglia signaling results in impaired functional brain connectivity and social behavior., Nat Neurosci., 17:(3) 400-6, 2014



  • Lesku, J.A. and Meyer, L.C. and Fuller, A. and Maloney, S.K. and Dell'Omo, G. and Vyssotski, A.L and Rattenborg, N.C. Ostriches sleep like platypuses, PLoS One, 6:(8) e23203, 2011
  • Lesku, J.A. and Vyssotski, A.L. and Martinez-Gonzalez, D. and Wilzeck, C. and Rattenborg, N.C. Local sleep homeostasis in the avian brain: convergence of sleep function in mammals and birds?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278:(1717) 2419-2428, 2011
  • Scheffzük, C. and Kukushka, V.I. and Vyssotski, A.L. and Draguhn, A. and Tort, A.B.I. and Brankack, J. Selective Coupling between Theta Phase and Neocortical Fast Gamma Oscillations during REM-Sleep in Mice, PLoS One, 6:(12) e28489, 2011
  • Tsoar, A. and Nathan, R. and Bartan, Y. and Vyssotski, A. and Dell'Omo, G. and Ulanovsky, N. Large-scale navigational map in a mammal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108:(37) E718-E724, 2011


  • Brankack, J and Kukushka, V I and Vyssotski, A L and Draguhn, A EEG gamma frequency and sleep–wake scoring in mice: Comparing two types of supervised classifiers, Brain Research, 1322: 59-71, 2010 pdf