Friedemann Zenke

Computational neuroscientist, junior group leader at the FMI, and assistant professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Main interest in learning, memory, and information processing in biological spiking neural networks.


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2014 PhD, School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland
2009 Diplom in Physics, Helmholtz-Institute for Radiation- and Nuclear Physics, University of Bonn, Germany
2006 Physics, Exchange Program, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Positions held

2022-present Assistant Professor, University of Basel, Switzerland
2019-present Junior Group Leader, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
2017-2019 Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, USA

Short bio text

Friedemann Zenke studied physics at the University of Bonn, and the Australian National University in Canberra, before moving to computational neuroscience for his Ph.D. with Wulfram Gerstner at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Subsequently, Friedemann joined Surya Ganguli’s group at Stanford as a post-doc, and later, he moved to the University of Oxford as a Sir Henry Wellcome fellow with Tim Vogels. Currently, Friedemann is a research group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) and an assistant professor at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His group addresses fundamental theoretical questions about biological neural networks and learning algorithms.

Friedemann Zenke in Basel in 2020


Date: 2018-12-06

For a number of reasons, I have recently set up a new OpenPGP key,
and will be transitioning away from my old one.

My new OpenPGP key is

pub   rsa3072 2018-12-06 [SC] [expires: 2023-10-22]
Key fingerprint = 5C68 4BF7 62CA E776 BE79 DA39 825D 71CA FBAA BB88

Download public key Friedemann Zenke (0x825D71CAFBAABB88)

And the old key was

pub dsa1024 2007-06-28 [SCA] [expires: 2019-12-06]
Key fingerprint = 975E FCFA F276 CA67 4FBB A2B6 A915 FE5D 32FD 331D

If you already know my old key, you can now verify that the new key is
signed by the old one:

gpg --check-sigs '5C684BF762CAE776BE79DA39825D71CAFBAABB88'

Please let me know if you have any problems.