Connecting European Neuroscience

Tim Vogels

Programme Committee Member FENS Forum 2020

Curriculum Vitae

Professional and Academic Career

  • 2019-2024: Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2013-2018: Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust & Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2014-2018: Kavli-FENS Scholar, European Network of Excellence in Neuroscience
  • 2014-2017: Hayward Junior Research Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford
  • 2010-2013: MarieCuriePostdoctoralFellow, GerstnerLab, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • 2007-2010: Patterson Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, Yuste Lab Columbia University of New York City
  • 2001-2017: PhD, Neuroscience, Abbott Lab, Brandeis University, USA
  • 1998-2001: ‘Vordiplom’, Physics, Technische Universia ̈t Berlin, Germany

Honours and Awards 

  • Kavli FENS Fellowship 2014
  • Bernstein Award for Computational Neuroscience 2012
  • Pulin Sampat Teaching Award 2003
  • Fulbright Scholarship 2001

General Administrative and Organisational Experience 

  • Administrative and organisational experience organising the IBRO Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo (
  • Served on boards for FENS-Kavli Mentoring Award, FENS Kavli Recruitment Panel, DFG Grant Committees, Royal Society Small Grants Committee, PhD programme committe etc.
  • COSYNE workshop in 2013
  • Athena Swan Committee for the promotion of women in STEM 2013 - 2016.
  • Co-chair of the Bernstein Conference Workshops in 2019-2020.

Research Interests

My lab is aiming to build mechanistic models that distil and re-articulate our current knowledge of how nervous systems compute. We're interested in 3 main areas:


We aim to find the rules that govern how updates in synaptic connectivity in order to learn and adapt in a changing world. We investigate how plasticity differs across cell types, how learning is guided by neuromodulation, and how changes in synaptic connections affect network dynamics.

Network dynamics and computation

We seek to understand how neural networks process sensory inputs, store and manipulate memories, and send motor outputs. We study the role of excitatory-inhibitory balance in processing and gating the flow of information.

Ion channels and single-neuron biophysics

We build detailed biophysical models of single neurons in order to understand the complex input-output

relationships at the level of dendritic integration. We maintain a database of ion channel models, http:/

Selected Publications

1: (2018) Motor primitives in space and time via targeted gain modulation in cortical networks
JP Stroud, G Hennequin, MA Porter, TP Vogels accepted at Nature Neuroscience, available at https://www. biorxiv. org/content/early/2018/10/24/451054

2: (2017) Synaptic Transmission Optimization Predicts Expression Loci of Long-Term Plasticity
RP Costa, Z Padamsey, JA D’Amour, NJ Emptage, RC Froemke, TP Vogels
Neuron 96 (1), 177-189. e7

3: (2017) Inhibitory Plasticity: Balance, Control, and Codependence
G Hennequin, EJ Agnes, TP Vogels Annual Review of Neuroscience 40 (1) 

4: (2017) Mapping the function of neuronal ion channels in model and experiment
WF Podlaski, A Seeholzer, LN Groschner, G Miesenböck, R Ranjan, TP Vogels, Elife 6, e22152

5: (2016) Unmasking Latent Inhibitory Connections in Human Cortex to Reveal Dormant Cortical Memories HC Barron, TP Vogels, UE Emir, TR Makin, J O’Shea, S Clare, S Jbabdi, T Behrens
Neuron 90 (1), 191-203 

6: (2014) Optimal control of transient dynamics in balanced networks supports generation of complex movements
G Hennequin, TP Vogels, W Gerstner
Neuron 82 (6), 1394-1406 

7: (2011) Inhibitory Plasticity Balances Excitation and Inhibition in Sensory Pathways and Memory Networks TP Vogels, H Sprekeler, F Zenke, C Clopath, W Gerstner Science 334 (6062), 1569-1573

8: (2009) Gating multiple signals through detailed balance of excitation and inhibition in spiking networks
TP Vogels, LF Abbott Nature neuroscience 12 (4), 483 

9: (2005) Signal propagation and logic gating in networks of integrate-and-fire neurons
TP Vogels, LF Abbott, Journal of neuroscience 25 (46), 10786-10795 

10: (2005) Neural network dynamics TP Vogels, K Rajan, LF Abbott
Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 28, 357-376

Tim Vogels

Associate Professor, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour
Tinsley Building
University of Oxford
Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3SR