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Research Group "Theoretical Biophysics and Neuroscience, IST Austria"
(Dr. Gasper Tkacik)

Head of the research group:
Last name:Tkacik
First name(s):Gasper
Title (leading):Dr.
Institution:Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
Organizational unit:Theoretical Biophysics and Neuroscience
Street address:Am Campus 1
Postal code:3400
Assignments to Research Areas:
Research area(s):
  • Medical, Environmental and Bio-Physics
Assignments to Fields of Work According to the Austrian System of Science Areas:
Field(s) of work:
  • Biophysics (106006)
Data Acquisition:
Date of the data acquisition:06.06.2012
Data acquisition period:from: 2007   up to including: 2012
Research Group at the Time of the Data Acquisition:
Scientific group members:
1 Person
Georg Rieckh
Full-time equivalents:1
Percentage project-funded:30
Scientific Output in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
H-index of the group head:10
Number of publications:18
Five most important publications:
  1. The formation of the Bicoid morphogen gradient requires protein movement from anteriorly localized source
    Little SC*, Tka?ik G*, Kneeland TB, Wieschaus EF, Gregor T
    PLoS Biology 9 (2011): e1000596.
  2. Local statistics in natural scenes predict the saliency of synthetic textures
    Tka?ik G, Prentice JS, Victor JD, Balasubramanian V
    Proc Nat´l Acad Sci USA 107 (2010): 18149-54
  3. Optimal population coding by noisy spiking neurons
    Tka?ik G, Prentice JS, Balasubramanian V, Schneidman E
    Proc Nat´l Acad Sci USA 107 (2010): 14419-24
  4. The dynamics of adaptation on correlated fitness landscapes
    Kryazhimskiy S*, Tka?ik G*, Plotkin JB
    Proc Nat´l Acad Sci USA 106 (2009): 18638
  5. Information flow and optimization in transcriptional regulation
    Tka?ik G, Callan CG, Bialek W
    Proc Nat´l Acad Sci USA 105 (2008): 12265-12270
Five most important talks:
  1. Cosyne 2012 workshop: Higher-order interactions and critical behavior in networks of neurons responding to natural stimuli (Salt Lake USA 2012)
  2. Basel Systems.X 2011 conference, What is positional information.
  3. CIRM Marseille, invited talk at Mean-field methods and multiscale analysis of neuronal populations, 2011.
  4. AMOLF Institute Colloquium (Netherlands) "Information flow in small genetic regulatory networks", 2011
  5. "Spin glass models for a network of real neurons", invited talk at a NORDITA conference "Statistical mechanics of inference" (2011)
Projects and Funding Granted in the Above Data Acquisition Period:
Funded awards:
  • HFSP Program Grant (PI), 2012
Research Topics:
Current research topics:
  • information processing in biological networks
  • sensory neuroscience, neural coding
  • vision
  • natural scene statistics
  • genetic regulatory networks
  • biological signal transduction
Future topics (next 5 years):
  • collective behavior in groups of animals
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