Contact the Neural circuits of cognition - Marie Carlén group

Meet the team behind the Neural circuits of cognition - Marie Carlén group at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

Members of the CarlenLab walking on the beach.
CarlenLab team. Photo: CarlenLab.

Group members

Hans Brünner

PhD student

Xiao Cao

PhD student

Marie Carlen

Research group leader

Katharina Heining

Postdoctoral studies

Kim Hoseok

Research specialist

Felix Jung

PhD student

Pierre Le Merre

Research specialist

Defended PhD students

Xinming Wang


28 April 2017: "Neuronal circuit mechanisms in decision-making"


Yang Xuan


27 April 2018: "Mapping brain circuits: anatomy, connectivity and function"

Sofie Ährlund-Richter


24 January 2020: "On the neuronal basis of cognition: cell-type specific circuitry and functions of the prefrontal cortex"

Nicolas Guyon


21 May 2021: "On the role of parvalbumin interneurons in neuronal network activity in the prefrontal cortex"

Josina van Lunteren


3 December 2021: "Inhibition in cognition: neurophysiology and connectivity of GABAergic interneurons in the prefrontal cortex"

Current and previous collaborators

Visiting researchers

  • Cleiton Lopez Aguiar, PhD, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Leonardo Rakauskas Zacharias, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil


  • Charlotte Alme, PhD
  • Anna Paula Crestani, PhD
  • Ziauddin Darokhan, PhD
  • Martin Hägglund, PhD
  • Daniel Kaping, PhD
  • Åsa Konradsson-Geuken, PhD
  • Calvin Young, PhD

Research assistants

  • Sabine Gnodde, 2022
  • Angelo Guadagno, 2021
  • Cantin Ortiz, 2019
  • Fredrik Wernstål, 2019

Master / bachelor students


  • Eleni Moysiadou, Stockholm University
  • Loran Heymans, Stockholm University


  • Gabrielle Dolisie, ENS Lyon, France
  • Simon Mayer, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Mariam Shahata, KI, Sweden
  • Moritz Stingl, University of Heidelberg, Germany


  • Gregor Ehmer, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Karyn Lewis, KI, Sweden
  • Ram Yahya, Stockhom University, Sweden


  • Laura Heezen, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Jana Immenschuh, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Agnieszska Limiszewska, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Hyunsoo Park, KI


  • Emily Cox, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Cantin Ortiz, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
  • Leonardo Rakauskas, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Yicheng Wu, KI, Sweden


  • Joseph Clerke, University of Glasgow, Scottland
  • Lovisa Franzén, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Michal Miazga, University of Warsaw, Poland


  • Leonidas Georgiu, University of Glasgow, Scottland
  • Laura Heikkinen, KI, Sweden
  • Solmaz Yazdani, KI, Sweden


  • Charlotta Henningson, University of Edingburgh, Scotland


  • Marieke Oudelaar, KI, Sweden


  • Cilla Gottfries, KI, Sweden
  • John-Peter Vinnars, KI, Sweden
  • Chan Shi Yu, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Work with us

We are always looking to extend our team!

If you are interested in joining the CarlenLab, please send an email to Marie Carlén at with a cover letter describing your education, experience, and expertise relevant to the lab’s research. Please also let us know what your career goals are and what you hope to achieve in the CarlenLab.

Name and full contact information for 2-3 references ready to submit reference letters upon request is also highly appreciated.

Applications at all levels are welcome!

Marie Carlen

C4 Department of Neuroscience

Contact and visit us

Contact information for the CarlenLab at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet.

Postal address

Karolinska Institutet
Department of Neuroscience
171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address (visitors, couriers, etc.)

Karolinska Institutet
Biomedicum, Quarter B4, Room B0477
Solnavägen 9
171 65 Solna

Delivery address (goods, parcels, etc.)

Tomtebodavägen 16
171 65 Solna

Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9

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