Sebastian Haesler

Sh Haesler Sebastian Mobile 300 340 C1
NERF Director, Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, KU Leuven
Group leader, NERF and VIB
Member of the Leuven Brain Institute

Phone: +32 (0)16 28 1845

  • Started at NERF: 01/11/2012

We aim to gain a mechanistic understanding of the brain by studying fundamental information processing problems, that are evolutionarily conserved and can be readily studied in mice, the genetically most tractable mammal. Specifically, we focus on a simple computation, the ability to discriminate novel from familiar sensory stimuli.

In addition to the experimental work on novelty circuits, we develop novel brain interfaces to address current limitations for measuring and manipulating the brain.


since 2015 NERF Director
since 2012 NERF Principal Investigator
2007–2012 Postdoc, Harvard University, US
2006 PhD, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
2001 MSc, Hohenheim University, Germany