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Katja Reinhard

Reinhard Laboratory
Sensory-motor processing

Katja ReinhardAssistant Professor

Reacting appropriately to visual cues that indicate something dangerous or interesting is essential for survival. The aim of our lab is to understand how the brain is wired to achieve this translation of a visual stimulus into an appropriate behavioral reaction.


We use viral tools to label brain circuits that range from the retina to behaviorally relevant deeper brain nuclei. By measuring the anatomy and physiology of the different cell types that are part of such pathways, we can identify and compare the aspects of the visual world that they transmit. Recently, we have started investigating how these pathways evolved differently in distinct species to allow them to react with a different behavior to the same visual stimulus.


  • 2022-    PI at SISSA
  • 2016     PhD in Neuroscience, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2011     MSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2009     BSc in Biomedical Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 

Research Activities

Work in progress.


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