Peter Gombkoto

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I received a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Szeged Faculty of Science and Informatics in 2008 and a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine, in 2012. During my Ph.D I studied multisensory and sensorimotor functions of the ascending tectofugal visual system in the mammalian brain using in vivo electrophysiological technique. While completing my doctoral studies, I received a bachelor’s degree in Music in 2009 from the University of Szeged. I have been fascinated by harmonies and rhythm, which inspired me to investigate the event-related neuronal oscillations, synchrony between brain regions.

In 2012, I moved to the United States to work at the Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience - Rutgers University. I examined the function of cholinergic and non-cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain and their communication patterns within the basal forebrain and between various cortical areas. I have developed high-resolution electrophysiological methods combined with optogenetics for freely moving rodents. In 2019, I joined The Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, where I examined the functional connectivity between the internal globus pallidus and the pedunculopontine nucleus. My research interest was to determine whether the anatomy and physiology of these networks are altered in the parkinsonian state using a combination of state-of-the-art optogenetic and electrophysiological procedures in Rhesus macaque.

Since the end of 2020, I have been working on the development of high-stability electrophysiological methods. In the Neurotechnology Group led by Prof. Mehmet Fatih Yanik, the aim of my project is to decode brain activities related to egocentric and allocentric representation using ultra-high-resolution readouts from multiple brain regions of rodents and primates.


Mehmet Fatih Yanik