KAMPA, Björn

KAMPA, Björn
Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

ORCID                        0000-0002-4343-2634

Research ID               D-6213-2015


Education / Qualification

2004          Ph.D. Neuroscience, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
1998 Diploma (Biology), Neurobiologie & Biophysik, Universität Freiburg.



2015 – present                           Head of the Optophysiology Laboratory, Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine, Research Center Jülich
2014 – present   Professor and Head of Department of Neurophysiology, Institute for Biology II, RWTH Aachen University
2013 – 2014  CNRS team leader at Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone (UMR7289), Marseille, France
2007 – 2013 Group Leader at the Brain Research Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland
2005 – 2007 Postdoctoral fellow, Brain Research Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland (Head: Prof. Fritjof Helmchen)
2004 – 2005 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (Head: Prof. Greg Stuart)



2015           Science Faculty Seed Fund, RWTH Aachen University
2014 Offer for Professorship (W2), Institute for Biology II, RWTH Aachen University
2014  AMIDEX Junior Chair of Excellence, Aix-Marseille University, France
2013 Offer for Professorship (W2),Institute for Pathophysiology, University of Mainz
2013 CNRS Senior Researcher Fellowship, CNRS France
2008 NWG Travel Fellowship, FENS Forum Geneva, Switzerland
2007 FENS Travel Grant, SfN Meeting 2007, San Diego, USA
2006 Research Seed Fund, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2001 ANU PhD Scholarship, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


Referee activity

Reviewer for the following scientific journals:

  • PNAS
  • PLoS
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • BMC Neuroscience
  • Neural Networks
  • Neural Computing
  • The Journal of Neurophysiology
  • The Journal of Neuroscience


Reviewer for the following funding organizations:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (AvH)


Key Publications

  1. Ganea DA, Bexter A, Garderes PM, Guenther M, Kampa BM, Haiss F (2020) Pupillary Dilations of Mice Performing a Vibrotactile Discrimination Task Reflect Task Engagement and Response Confidence. Front. Behav. Neurosci. | doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.00159
  2. Muir DR, Molina-Luna P, Roth MM, Helmchen F, Kampa BM (2017) Specific excitatory connectivity for feature integration in mouse primary visual cortex. PLoS computational biology 13 (12), e1005888       
  3. Keller AJ, Houlton R, Kampa BM, Lesica NA, Mrsic-Flogel TD, Keller GB, Helmchen F (2017) Stimulus Relevance Modulates Contrast Adaptation in Visual Cortex. eLife 6:151        
  4. Muir DR, Roth MM, Helmchen F, Kampa BM (2015) Model-based analysis of pattern motion processing in mouse primary visual cortex. Front. Neur. Circ. 9: 38.                                             
  5. Bopp R, Maçarico da Costa N, Kampa BM*, Martin KA, Roth MM (2014) Pyramidal cells make specific connections onto smooth (GABAergic) neurons in mouse visual cortex. PLoS Biology 12: e1001932.       *authors in alphabetical order                                                                                  
  6. Roth MM,Helmchen F, Kampa BM (2012) Distinct functional properties of primary and posteromedial visual area of mouse neocortex. J. Neurosci. 32: 9716-9726.                                  
  7. Kampa BM, Roth MM, Göbel W, Helmchen F (2011) Representation of visual scenes by local neuronal populations in layer 2/3 of mouse visual cortex. Front. Neur. Circ. 5:18.                 
  8. Grewe BF, Langer D, Kasper HJ, Kampa BM, Helmchen F (2010) High-speed in vivo calcium imaging reveals spike trains in neuronal networks with near-millisecond precision. Nature Methods 7: 399-405.
  9. Göbel W, Kampa BM, Helmchen F (2007) Imaging cellular network dynamics in three dimensions using fast 3D laser scanning. Nature Methods 4: 73-79.                                                    
  10. Kampa BM, Letzkus JJ, Stuart GJ (2006) Cortical feed-forward networks for binding different streams of sensory information. Nature Neuroscience 9: 1472-1473.