Silberberg Laboratory

Associate Professor

Gilad Silberberg

Phone: 08-524 873 45

Silberberg Laboratory Website

Research focus

The Neocortex and Basal Ganglia are two brain regions involved in sensorimotor processing, and are tightly linked to each other via the cortico-striatal pathway. In order to understand the function of these brain regions, how they integrate sensory input and generate the appropriate motor output, it is essential to have a deep knowledge of their respective micro­circuits.

In our lab we study the structural and func­tional properties of neocortical and striatal microcircuits, as well the interactions between these two brain areas (cortico-striatal pathway). We use electrophysiological, anatomical, and imaging techniques in slices and in vivo, as well as computational methods in order to reveal the intricate organization of neurons and their synaptic connections. Our aim is to unravel the functional microcircuitry underlying sensori­motor processing in health and disease.

Key topics in our research are:   

  • The properties and functional role of inter­neurons and their interaction with the projection neurons (medium spiny neurons in the striatum, pyramidal neurons in the neocortex).
  • Synaptic dynamics and their affect on microcircuit operation.
  • Feed-back and feed-forward inhibitory synaptic pathways.
  • Short- and long-term synaptic plasticity in corticostriatal synapses.
  • Sensory integration in Basal Ganglia networks.

Inhibitory pathways in the striatum

Inhibitory pathways in the striatum

Inhibitory pathways in the striatum. Example of a simultaneous patch clamp recording from 4 striatal neurons (top). Stimulation of one striatal interneuron (Fast Spiking cell) evokes inhibitory responses in neighbouring medium spiny neurons (MSNs) of both direct and indirect projections types (bottom). These responses are monosynaptic GABAergic IPSPs acting as a feed-forward inhibitory pathway (Planert et al., J. Neuroscience 2010).

Selected publications

Local and afferent synaptic pathways in the striatal microcircuitry.
Silberberg G, Bolam J
Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 2015 Aug;33():182-7

Multisensory integration in the mouse striatum.
Reig R, Silberberg G
Neuron 2014 Sep;83(5):1200-12

Target selectivity of feedforward inhibition by striatal fast-spiking interneurons.
Szydlowski S, Pollak Dorocic I, Planert H, Carlén M, Meletis K, Silberberg G
J. Neurosci. 2013 Jan;33(4):1678-83

Membrane properties of striatal direct and indirect pathway neurons in mouse and rat slices and their modulation by dopamine.
Planert H, Berger T, Silberberg G
PLoS ONE 2013 ;8(3):e57054

Dynamics of synaptic transmission between fast-spiking interneurons and striatal projection neurons of the direct and indirect pathways.
Planert H, Szydlowski S, Hjorth J, Grillner S, Silberberg G
J. Neurosci. 2010 Mar;30(9):3499-507

Group members

Matthijs Dorst - PhD student

Yvonne Johansson - PhD student

Maya Ketzef - Postdoc

Gilad Silberberg - Associate Professor

Elin Dahlberg - Biomedical Analyst