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Natural odours form temporally complex plumes that are characterised by rapid fluctuations in odour concentration. The complex temporal dynamics of odour plumes carry spatial information about the odour landscape. They may form a vital sensory component for animals navigating an environment, particularly for nocturnal animals such as mice or rats. The sense of smell is thus being increasingly acknowledged to be a high-bandwidth modality that has access to the complex temporal structure of natural odour plumes, creating a paradigm-shift in olfactory sensory neuroscience.
For further reading, please take a look at: Ackels et al., 2021; Marin et al., 2021; Ackels, 2022
Dr. Tobias Ackels
University of Bonn, IEECR
|Tobias was born in Germany and is currently a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Francis Crick Institute in London. He received his Diploma in Biology from RWTH Aachen University, where he also completed his PhD studies in 2015 in the Department of Chemosensation. His doctoral research mainly focused on signalling mechanisms in the olfactory system. Supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the DFG, he moved to the laboratory of Prof. Andreas Schaefer at the Francis Crick Institute. His interest lies in the investigation of how naturalistic sensory stimuli are perceived and processed in the mammalian brain on the cellular and network level using physiological and behavioural techniques.|
Tobias was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for his project “TempCOdE: Temporally complex odour information encoding” in 2022 and has now started setting up his laboratory as a group leader at the Institute for Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research (IEECR) as part of the Medical Faculty at the University of Bonn.