Connecting European Neuroscience

Jozsef Csicsvari

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2020

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and Academic Career


  • 1999: Ph. D. in Behavioral and Neural Sciences, Rutgers University, USA
    Thesis title: Population patterns in hippocampal local circuits.
  • 1993-99: Rutgers University, Newark, USA, Behavioral and Neuroscience Graduate Program. Advisor: Prof. Gyorgy Buzsaki
  • 1993: Diploma degree in Informatics (equivalent of M. Sc. ), Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
  • 1988-93: Technical University of Budapest, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Budapest, Hungary

Research Experience:

  • 2011: Professor, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
  • 2008-2011: MRC Senior Scientist (tenured), MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2003-08: MRC Senior Scientist (tenure track), MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2001-02: Research Associate, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1999-01: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1993-99: Graduate Assistant, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, USA.

Honours and Awards

2011-2016: ERC Consolidator Grant

2010-2011: Title of Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.

General Administrative and Organisational Experience

  • 2016: FENS Cajal course co-director, “The Hippocampus: from Circuits to Cognition” in Bordeaux
  • 2017- : Editorial Board in PLOS Biology
  • 2016- : Head of IST Animal Welfare Council

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how learning leads to memory formation in neuronal circuits by investigating the neuronal system mechanisms of memory formation and stabilization. The primary aim is to understand how neuronal circuits encode memory traces during learning and how these memory traces are consolidated and recalled later. On a wider, system’s level, my research group examines how brain regions interact with each other during mnemonic processing. To date, the main focus has been to study spatial memory and to study systems’ interactions between brain areas involved in spatial memory processing including the hippocampus, entorhinal cortex and the prefrontal cortex. We use multi-channel extracellular recording techniques in freely moving rodents to record neuronal activity during spatial memory tasks and sleep while optogenetic methods are used to interfere with brain activity during behaviour or sleep.

Selected Publications

1. Xu H, Baracskay P, O’Neill J, Csicsvari (2019) Assembly responses of hippocampal CA1 place cells predict learned behavior in goal-directed spatial tasks on the radial eight-arm maze. Neuron, 101:119-132.

2. O’Neill J, Boccara CN, Stella F, Schoenenberger P, Csicsvari J (2017) Superficial Layers of the Medial Entorhinal Cortex Replay Independent of the Hippocampus, Science, 355: 184-188.

3. Schoenenberger P, O’Neill J, Csicsvari J (2016) Activity-dependent plasticity of hippocampal place maps, Nature Communications, 7:11824. doi: 10.1038/ncomms11824.

4. Csicsvari J, Dupret D. (2014) Sharp wave/ripple network oscillations and learning-associated hippocampal maps. Phil Trans R Soc B 369:20120528.

5. Dupret D, O'Neill J, Csicsvari J (2013) Dynamic reconfiguration of hippocampal interneuron circuits during spatial learning. Neuron, 78:166-80.

6. Allen K, Rawlins J, Bannerman D, Csicsvari J (2012) Hippocampal place cells can encode multiple trial dependent features through rate remapping. J Neurosci, 32:14752-66.

7. Dupret D, O’Neill J, Pleydell-Bouverie B, Csicsvari J (2010) The reorganization and reactivation of hippocampal maps predict spatial memory performance. Nature Neurosci., 13: 995-1002.

8. Huxter JR, Senior TJ, Allen K, Csicsvari J (2008). Theta phase-specific codes for two-dimensional position, trajectory and heading in the hippocampus. Nature Neurosci. 11:587-594.

9. O’Neill J, Senior TJ, Allen K, Huxter JR, Csicsvari J (2008) Reactivation of experience-dependent cell assembly patterns in the hippocampus. Nature Neurosci. 11:209-215.

10. Senior TJ, Huxter JR, O’Neill J, Allen K, Csicsvari J (2008) Gamma Oscillatory Firing Reveals Distinct Populations of Pyramidal Cells in the CA1 Region of the Hippocampus. J Neurosci, 28:2274-86.

Jozsef Csicsvari

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Am Campus 1 A-3400 Klosterneuburg Austria.