Dr. Janina Hesse

phone: +49-(0)30-2093-98407
email: janina.hesse :AT: bccn-berlin.de

“Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.”
|Freya Stark


During my studies in Paris, I became interested in the brain as complex system. After research internships in San Diego, Paris and Dresden, I completed my PhD in theoretical biology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2017 with Susanne Schreiber, investigating how neuronal excitability and morphology influences information transmission in the brain. Since then, I have translated our results from single cells to neuronal networks, and I pursued the experimental confirmation of our hypothesis. Moreover, I am starting my own project on neuro-microbial interaction in symbiotic communities of animals and bacteria.


Hesse J, Schleimer JH, Schreiber S (2017): Qualitative changes in phase-response curve and synchronization at the saddle-node-loop bifurcation., Physical Review E 95:052203.

Hesse J, Schreiber S (2017): Externalization of neuronal somata as an evolutionary strategy for energy economization., Current Biology 25(8):R32.

Hesse J, Gross (2014): Self-organized criticality as a fundamental property of neural systems., Frontiers in systems neuroscience 8:166.