Friedemann Zenke

Computational neuroscientist and junior group leader at the FMI in 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

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, Germany, and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, initially focusing on experimental hadron physics. He then shifted to computational neuroscience for his Ph.D. with Wulfram Gerstner at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he worked on the theory of synaptic and homeostatic plasticity in spiking neural networks. Subsequently, Friedemann joined Surya Ganguli’s group at Stanford as a post-doc to study the role of complex synaptic dynamics as a remedy for catastrophic memory interference in deep neural networks. Later he moved to the University of Oxford as a Sir Henry Wellcome fellow to work in Tim Vogels’ group. During this time, he further developed functionally inspired learning rules for spiking neural networks. In 2019 Friedemann started his research group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel, Switzerland. His group continues to tackle theoretical questions related to learning and memory in biologically inspired neural networks.

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.