Dr. Laura Ewell

Institute of Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research
Life and Brain Center
University of Bonn Medical Center
Venusberg-Campus 1
D-53127 Bonn

Mail: laura.ewell@ukbonn.de
Phone: 0228 6885 157

Most of our work focuses on the hippocampus, a structure nestled in the temporal lobe that supports learning in memory. In rodents, neurons in the hippocampus fire action potentials when animals are in specific locations within an environment. As a population, ‘place cells’ encode an animals position, and support spatial learning. We record from place cells while animals are exploring environments or learning place dependent memory tasks. We consider place cell activity as a proxy for studying the neuronal mechanisms of learning. Current projects in the lab are aimed at understanding how neuronal diversity within the hippocampus contributes to hippocampal memory coding. Furthermore, we are interested in how memory coding is compromised in temporal lobe epilepsy.