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Dr Gerrit Hilgen

Assistant Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

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.

Gerrit Hilgen

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Receptive field estimation in large visual neuron assemblies using a super-resolution approach, Pamplona, D., Hilgen, G., Hennig, M., Cessac, B., Sernagor, E., Kornprobst, P. 1 May 2022, In: Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Connexin45 colocalization patterns in the plexiform layers of the developing mouse retina, Hilgen, G. 21 Mar 2022, In: Journal of Anatomy
  • Human Retinal Organoids Provide a Suitable Tool for Toxicological Investigations: a Comprehensive Validation Using Drugs and Compounds Affecting the Retina, Dorgau, B., Georgiou, M., Chaudhary, A., Moya-Molina, M., Collin, J., Queen, R., Hilgen, G., Davey, T., Hewitt, P., Schmitt, M., Kustermann, S., Pognan, F., Steel, D., Sernagor, E., Armstrong, L., Lako, M. 17 Mar 2022, In: Stem cells translational medicine
  • A novel approach to the functional classification of retinal ganglion cells, Hilgen, G., Kartsaki, E., Kartysh, V., Cessac, B., Sernagor, E. Mar 2022, In: Open Biology
  • Transplanted pluripotent stem cell-derived photoreceptor precursors elicit conventional and unusual light responses in mice with advanced retinal degeneration, Zerti, D., Hilgen, G., Dorgau, B., Collin, J., Ader, M., Armstrong, L., Sernagor, E., Lako, M. 3 Mar 2021, In: Stem Cells

  • Neurosciences PhD June 07 2012
  • Full Member Royal Society of Biology 2022
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2021
  • Full Member Anatomical Society 2018
  • Full Member Physiological Society 2016


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