Fabian Kloosterman

Biography

My central research aim is to unravel the fundamental mechanisms by which the mammalian brain represents, stores and processes information. In my lab, we study how neuronal populations represent the sensory world, and we analyze the expression and use of memories during wakefulness or sleep.

Understanding how animals use memories to guide their behavior helps us map the basic operations of memory systems in the brain and provides us with clues on where these systems fail in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy or different sleep disorders.

Online highlights

Short CV

Since 2020
Associate Professor, Brain & Cognition, KU Leuven

2012-2020
Assistant Professor, Brain & Cognition, KU Leuven

Since 2011
Group Leader at NERF (VIB, IMEC and KU Leuven)

2003-2011
Post-Doctoral Fellow & Associate with Matthew Wilson, MIT

1998-2003
PhD Neurobiology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1994-1998
MSc Medical Biology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Research highlights


We showed that sleep reactivation boosts memory consolidation of highly rewarded experiences.

Michon et al, 2019

We showed that reward-responsive neurons in the ventral tegmental area coordinate with the hippocampus to replay recent experience.

Gomperts et al, 2015

We built a platform for real-time analysis and detection of neural activation patterns.

Ciliberti and Kloosterman, 2017

We optimized neural decoding algorithms for real-time use and for application to high-density neural probes and we were the first to demonstrate the real-time detection of memory reactivation patterns in behaving animals.

Sodkomkham et al, 2016; Hu et al, 2018; Ciliberti et al, 2018

We designed implants for easy neuropixels recordings in freely behaving rodents.

van Daal et al, 2021 (in revision)

Through collaborations across KU Leuven and imec we helped advance large scale neural recording technology.

Yassin et al, 2018; Raducanu et al, 2017; van Daal et al, 2020; Michon et al, 2016; Wouters et al, 2018, 2020

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Teaching

Together with colleagues, I have set up a new Biophysics master course “Neural Systems and Circuits” at KU Leuven, to introduce students with a physics or engineering background to the current challenges and state-of-the-art methods in systems neuroscience.

Since 2014 I also teach in the Biomedical Sciences master course – Hot Topics in System and Cognitive Neurosciences, at KU Leuven (12 hrs/year)

I supervise interns, BSc, MSc and PhD students from KU Leuven and other universities and schools.

Valorization & tech development

We develop technologies and resources for the scientific community. We filed a patent application for a method for processing sensor data in a neuroprobe.

Contact

Kapeldreef 75
3001 Heverlee
Belgium