Connecting European Neuroscience

Peter Janssen

CARE Honorary member (2020 - 2021)
CARE Chair (2018 - 2020)
CARE Ordinary member (2016 - 2018)

Curriculum Vitae

Present occupation

Full Professor (gewoon hoogleraar), Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven

Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, KU Leuven (2016-2020): 76 PIs, 175 PhD students and postdocs, 33 technical staff


MD (Medicine), 1996, K.U.Leuven

MSc. (Psychology), 1996, K.U. Leuven

Ph.D. (Medical Sciences), 2000, K.U. Leuven


Gewoon hoogleraar (full professor) KU Leuven 2013

Hoogleraar KU Leuven 2009

Hoofddocent (associate professor) KU Leuven 2004

Docent (assistant professor) KU Leuven 2003

Postdoctoral fellow, FWO, 2000-2003.

Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington, Seattle (WA) 2001-2003

Aspirant (PhD student) FWO, 1996-2000.



18h course in bachelor in Medicine (Leuven)

18h course in bachelor in Medicine (Kortrijk)

Total number of students: 450.


Honours and awards

Award of the Research Council (Prijs van de Onderzoeksraad) KU Leuven Biomedical Sciences 2001

Honorary Fellowship of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation 2001-2002

Career Development Award of the Human Frontiers Science Program 2005-2007


General administrative and organisational experience

Laboratory Director (2006 – present): responsible for all animal experiments

Chair of the PhD commission Biomedical Sciences KU Leuven: 2010-2016

Chair of the Department of Neurosciences: 2016-2020


Research interests

(1)  Electrophysiology (single cell recordings) in awake, behaving monkeys.

(2)  Depth perception

(3)  Visuomotor processing

(4)  Intracortical microstimulation, noninvasive brain stimulation

(5)  Cognitive Neuroscience


Selected Publications

Van Dromme, I.C., Premereur, E., Verhoef, B.E., Vanduffel, W., Janssen, P. (2016). Posterior parietal cortex drives inferotemporal activations during three-dimensional object vision. PLoS Biology 14(4): e1002445.

Premereur, E., Van Dromme, I. C., Romero, M. C., Vanduffel, W., Janssen, P. (2015). Effective connectivity of depth structure-selective patches in the lateral bank of the macaque intraparietal sulcus. PLoS Biology 13(2): e1002072.

B.E. Verhoef, R. Vogels, P. Janssen (2012). Inferotemporal cortex subserves three-dimensional structure categorization. Neuron 73, 171-182.

B. E. Verhoef, R. Vogels, P. Janssen (2010). The contribution of inferior temporal and posterior parietal activity to three-dimensional shape perception. Current Biology 20, 909-913.

P. Janssen, M. N. Shadlen (2005). A representation of the hazard rate of elapsed time in macaque area LIP. Nature Neuroscience 8: 234-241. 

P. Janssen, R. Vogels, Y. Liu, G. A. Orban (2003). At least in inferior temporal cortex the stereo correspondence problem is solved. Neuron 37:693-701.

P. Janssen, R. Vogels, G. A. Orban (2000b). Three-dimensional shape coding in inferior temporal cortex. Neuron  27: 385-397.

P. Janssen, R. Vogels, G. A. Orban (2000a). Selectivity for three-dimensional shape that reveals distinct areas in macaque inferior temporal cortex. Science  288: 2054-2056.

P. Janssen, R. Vogels, G. A. Orban (1999b). Macaque inferior temporal neurons are selective for disparity-defined three-dimensional shapes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 90:8217-8222.

Peter Janssen

KU Leuven, Lab. Neuro- and Psychophysiology
Address: Herestraat 49, bus 1021, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium