Gilad Silberberg group

We study the structural and func­tional properties of neocortical and striatal microcircuits, as well the interactions between these two brain areas (cortico-striatal pathway).

Research focus

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.

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.

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 effect 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.

Recent and ongoing research projects

Multisensory integration in the Striatum

Multisensory integration in the Stratium
Multisensory integration in the Stratium. Image: Gilad Silberberg

Inhibitory pathways in the Stratium

Two figures illustrating Inhibitory pathways in the Stratium
Inhibitory pathways in the Stratium. Image: Gilad Silberberg
Inhibitory pathways in the Striatum (fig. 3)
Inhibitory pathways in the Striatum (fig. 3) Image: Gilad Silberberg

Example of a simultaneous patch clamp recording from 4 striatal neurons. Stimulation of one striatal interneuron (Fast Spiking cell) evokes inhibitory responses in neighboring medium spiny neurons (MSNs) of both direct and indirect projections types (right). These responses are monosynaptic GABAergic IPSPs acting as a feedforward inhibitory pathway.

Inhibitory pathways in the Neocortex 

Inhibitory pathways in the Neocortex (fig. 1)
Inhibitory pathways in the Neocortex (fig. 1) Image: Gilad Silberberg
Cover of Neuron (Mar 01, 2007, Volume 53, Issue 5, p. 619-770)
Cover of Neuron (Mar 01, 2007, Volume 53, Issue 5, p. 619-770).

Stimulation of a layer 5 pyramidal cell (PC) evokes disynaptic inhibitory responses in neighboring PCs. These responses are mediated by GABAergic Martinotti cells. 


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  • Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (Wallenberg Academy Fellowship
  • StratNeuro - The Strategic Research Program in Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet
  • Swedish Medical Research Council (VR-M)
  • Hjärnfonden
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • EU Horizon 2020, "AND-PD"


  • European Research Council (ERC)
  • Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)
  • Stockholm Brain Institute (SBI)
  • Åke Wiberg foundation
  • Magnus Bergvall foundation
  • Network of European Neuroscience Institutes (ENI-net)
  • Jeanssons Stiftelser
  • EU FP7 – “Select and Act”

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Visiting address

Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna
Biomedicum, Quarter B4
Solnavägen 9, SE-171 65 Stockholm

Karolinska Institutet, Biomedicum, Solnavägen 9

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Postdoc positions

Our lab uses electrophysiological, morphological, optogenetic, and computational methods to study neural microcircuits in the neocortex and basal-ganglia. In particular we are interested in the dynamic properties of neuronal microcircuits underlying sensory and motor processing.

We study the dynamic interactions between different types of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in order to unravel the way neural networks are structured and dynamically orchestrated.

Postdoc candidates should have a strong neuroscience background with documented experience in patch-clamp recording and/or in vivo electrophysiology. Knowledge of neuroanatomy, imaging, and computer programming are highly advantageous.

The project will involve in vivo patch-clamp recordings and calcium imaging in cortex and striatum. Funding is guaranteed for the first 2 years and may be extended according to progress and available funding.

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