Curriculum Vitae

current position

  • Postodctoral Researcher.
    Carey Lab, Champalimaud Rersearch, Lisbon, Portugal, since 08/2015
    I am studying the function of the deep cerebellar nuclei in mice during locomotion. I also collaborate with other lab members in a related study. I further am contributing to the improvement of the machine learning and machine vision based tracking system ‘LocoMouse’ for detailed limb coordination studies in mice.

post graduation postions

  • Jan 2011 – July 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Shea Lab, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA
    I studied the role of noradrenaline in olfactory learning in mice and noradrenergic activation during courtship in male mice.

education

  • Jan 2007 – Dec 2010 Doctoral student, Bielefeld University, GermanyThesis “Optic Flow in Behavior and Brain Function of the Zebra Finch”
    Adviser: Prof. Dr. HJ Bischof; Co-Adviser: Prof. Dr. M Egelhaaf
  • Oct 1999 – July 2006 undergraduate studies in biology,
    degree “Diplombiologe” awarded by the University of Cologne, Germany
    Thesis “Grundlagen des Wechselrufens der Anuren.”
                  (‘Basics of alternating courtship calls in anurans’)
    adviser: Prof. Dr. W Walkowiak
  • Aug 1998 – Sep 1999 civil service at the German Red Cross, Neuss, Germany
    worked as an ambulanceman (incl. 3 month training in emergency care)
  • May 1998 Abitur (general qualification for university entrance)

Academic Competences

  • Scholarship Three months administrative assistant for the combined grant application of several research laboratories in behavior and neuroscience. I wrote my first author research article manuscripts, and funding applications in USA, Germany, Portugal, and EU. I served as peer reviewer for established scientific journals. I also attended writing workshops at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
  • Teaching and Supervision I tutored single students and small groups in practical courses and laboratory internships throughout college and my PhD. This includes BSc and MSc students (EU system) during their theses works. As a postdoc in CSHL, I supervised rotating graduate students, and summer students, taught methods to new lab members, and advised graduate students in research questions. 
  • Communication –  I regularly attend conferences and symposia including the International Congress for Neuroethology, and the Annual Meeting of SfN (see Appendix II and III). I am member of the German Neuroscience Society, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Society for Neuroethology. 
  • In 2017 I was co-organizer of the March for Science in Lisbon, Portugal – mostly focussing on social media PR. 
  • Invited conversation for a German language podcast “BartoCast” about Neuroscience, and Artificial Intelligence in society and Science Fiction  (http://bartocast.de/?p=625#more-625)
  • I use twitter (@DennisEckmeier) to communicate actively with academics and lay audiences, and I curate the twitter account of the Champalimaud public outreach project ‘Ar – respire connosco’ (@ArBreatheWithUs). I further participated in @RealSci_DE, a new German language ‘rocur’ (rotating curator) twitter account, dedicated to dissemination of science to a lay audience. 
  • At CSHL’s Demystifying Science series, I presented scientific talks to lay audiences. 
  • Open Science – I am a strong proponent of open science. I preferentially publish in open access journals, and pre-published a manuscript on the preprint server BioRxiv.org. In the laboratory of Dr. Carey I administrate the lab’s github account where we share the LocoMouse locomotion tracking software (https://github.com/careylab).

Research Skills

  • Behavioral Tracking I am experienced in offline manual and automated, machine learning based tracking methods of animal locomotion. 
  • Electrophysiology I performed single channel extracellular recordings in anaesthetized animals, and chronic multichannel recordings in behaving animals. I further learned in vivo loose patch electrophysiology with following neurobiotin cell fills for anatomical classification. 
  • Imaging I conducted wide-field imaging of intrinsic signals, and of fluorescent calcium signals in transgenic mice. 
  • Genetic Manipulations I conducted side projects using viral microinjections in the brain for cre-dependent expression of channelrhodopsin and DREADD receptors. 
  • Establishing Experimental Setups – I have extensive experience in setting up behavioral and physiological experiments, since every project I worked on demanded the establishment of new methods in the according laboratories.
  • Coding – I routinely program custom systems for semi-automatic stimulation control, data acquisition and data analysis, using LabView, and Matlab, which I also use for data visualization. I am now looking into open options for Matlab, in particular ‘Python’ and ‘Julia’.