Circuit Neuroscience: amygdala, hippocampus and cortex

About Circuit Neuroscience: amygdala, hippocampus and cortex

Our research helps to define the role of neuronal circuits in emotional memory and other cognitive processes, and how they are perturbed in psychiatric disorders. Main focus is on brain areas, such as the amygdala, hippocampus in rodents and on neocortical circuits in humans, and on the role of neurons types, particularly GABAergic cells. Our research group uses an integrated approach combining functional and structural techniques. Understanding the neural mechanisms controlling cortex-hippocampal-amygdala network activity may eventually lead to novel therapeutic strategies to ameliorate psychiatric disorders. 

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Research Focus

  • Neurobiology of memory
  • Brain circuit dysfunction in psychiatric disorders
  • Interneuron and GABAergic neurotransmission


  • Electrophysiology (whole cell patch clamp in brain slices; juxtacellular recording in vivo)
  • Optogenetics (optotagging recordings, stimulation/inhibition of selected neuronal paths)
  • Imaging (voltage sensitive dyes, calcium imaging)
  • High resolution anatomy (reconstruction of single neuron morphology, synaptic contacts and receptors, immunohistochemistry)
  • Genetic dissection of neural circuits (early genes expression, TRAP, transcriptomics for cell type identification)

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Marco Capogna
Professor in Neuroscience
Department of Biomedicine
Wilhelm Meyers Allé 3
University of Aarhus
DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Office: building 1234, room 224
Lab: building 1182, rooms 120-22

Affiliated researcher DANDRITE, Aarhus University (
Associate member of the Brain Networks Dynamics Unit, Medical Research Council, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, UK
Group leader at PROMEMO, Aarhus University (