Katharina Anna Wilmes

I am part of the GRK 'Sensory Computation in Neural Systems' investigating how the brain regulates whether incoming sensory information is being learned, i.e. leads to the modification of neural synapses. I investigate this question on a cellular level, using biophysical models of neurons.


since 2011: Ph.D. studies, Computational Neuroscience, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

2009-2011: MSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Cognitive Neuroscience; University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2006-2009: BSc Cognitive Science; University of Osnabrück, Germany.


Katharina A Wilmes, Henning Sprekeler and Susanne Schreiber (2016) Inhibition as a Binary Switch for Excitatory Plasticity in Pyramidal Neurons. PLoS Computational Biology. 12(3): e1004768. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004768. (pdf)

Katharina A Wilmes, Jan-Hendrik Schleimer and Susanne Schreiber (2016). Spike-timing dependent inhibitory plasticity to learn a selective gating of backpropagating action potentials. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13326.

Early Publications

Mike X Cohen, Katharina A Wilmes, and Irene van de Vijver (2011). Cortical electrophysiological network dynamics of feedback learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 15(12):558–566 (pdf)

Cornelia Ebert, Stefan Evert, and Katharina Wilmes (2011). Focus Marking via Gestures, in: Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken. (pdf)



DFG Scholarship, Graduiertenkolleg 1589/1, Research Training Group 'Sensory Computation in Neural Systems'. Technical University of Berlin.


Computational Neurophysiology Group
Institute for Theoretical Biology

Room 102
Philippstr. 13
Haus 4
10115 Berlin

Tel.: +49-(0)30-2093-98414

Email: katha :AT: bccn-berlin.de