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Chockalingam Ramanathan

PhD student


Institute of Physiology I
University of Freiburg
Hermann-Herder-Str. 7
79104 Freiburg

Phone: +49 (0)761-203-67307

Research Topics

  • Inter-areal communication in the mouse visual system
  • Role of interneurons in feedforward and feedback signalling


  • In vivo extracellular electrophysiology using Neuropixels probes and high dimensional data analysis
  • Optogenetics
  • Visually Guided Behavior tasks

Academic Background

  • 2020 - Present: PhD student - Emmy Noether Junior Research Group - Dr. Julia Veit
  • 2017 - 2019: MSc. Neuroscience - Joint Masters in Neuroscience - University of Strasbourg - University of Freiburg - University of Basel
  • 2012 - 2016: B.Tech Biotechnology - SRM University, Chennai, India


  1. Döbrössy MD., Chockalingam, R., Ashouri D., Yixin T., Schlaepfer TE., Coenen VA. 2021
    Neuromodulation in Psychiatric disorders: Experimental and Clinical evidence for reward and motivation network Deep Brain Stimulation: Focus on the medial forebrain bundle.
    European Journal of Neuroscience, 53(1):89-113.
  2. Ashouri D., Chockalingam, R., Yixin T., Stieglitz T., Coenen VA., Döbrössy MD. 2020
    Medial forebrain bundle DBS differentially modulates dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens in a rodent model of depression.
    Experimental Neurology, 327:113224.
  3. Pratap, UP., Patil, A., Sharma, HR., Hima, L., Chockalingam, R., Hariharan, MM., Shitoot, S., Priyanka, HP., ThyagaRajan, S. 2016
    Estrogen-induced neuroprotective and antiinflammatory effects are dependent on the brain areas of middle-aged female rats.
    Brain Research Bulletin; 124:238-253.