Gizem Altan, Dr.rer.nat.

Biology degree at Cukurova University, Adana,Turkey

Summer Internship in Sweden at Linköping University with Erasmus LLP.

Two semesters in Spain at Biology department of University of Girona, supported by Erasmus LLP.

Doctoral degree in Neuroscience @ IMPRS for Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience, GTC Tübingen

Centre for Integrative Neuroscience in the Vision and Cognition lab of Prof. Dr. Andreas Bartels

My research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural underpinnings of visual processing and the role of predictive coding. I am specifically interested in understanding how top-down information (i.e. expectation) is fed back from higher brain areas for the integration with bottom-up sensory processing in earlier visual areas. During the experiments, participants view high-level visual stimuli that trigger top-down processing (i.e. prediction) while I record their brain activity. I use multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) to classify patterns of blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) activity in the visual cortex. My research aims to uncover the neural mechanisms in the human brain that make it possible to see the world around us and to construct the continuous and unified perception of our environment.

PhD student at the Department of Physiology of Cognitive Processes, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. Here I run my fMRI experiments. I completed my 3T Safety training and got the Advanced User status at the MPI for Biological Cybernetics.

Since January 2017 I was an Exchange scholar at Innovative Neuroimaging Research Group, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tübingen working with Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl.

Besides my main PhD research topic I worked on a project focuses on sex hormone related functional connectivity with Dr Lydia Kogler and Prof Birgit Derntl.

PhD work
  • Gizem Altan, Andreas Bartels (November-2018): Decoding the direction of implied motion in human early visual cortex. 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Neuroscience 2018), San Diego, CA, USA (2018).
  • Gizem Altan, Andreas Bartels (October-2017): Neural Basis of Real and Implied Motion, 18th Conference of Junior Neuroscientists of Tübingen (NeNa 2017): Brain scaling in evolution & Evolution of systems, Schramberg, Germany.
MSc work
Chief Designer & Head Coordinator
(Issue 1, 2, 3 & 4)
You can read more about my contributions and the workings of the Neuromag here.

Team Work





The Neuromag is a science-focused magazine created by graduate students in Tübingen, Germany. Our intention is to create a magazine that is interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike.  

nena-poster-2016 NeNa2017 Image
Organizers committee member between 2016-2018

NeNa is an annual event organized by Tübingen University doctoral students. The conference is largely for neuroscientists from various disciplines. Interested students are encouraged to join and help make NeNa a fun and interactive conference.

Organizers committee member of the Winter School on “Sex Hormones and the Brain” that  took place at the University of Tübingen, Germany, from 31 January to 2 February 2018. It is organized by the Universities of Tübingen, Germany, and Uppsala, Sweden, within the Matariki Network of Universities.

WS 17/18 Doctoral course at the GTC

A short course that I offered at our Graduate Training Centre. My first teaching experience as a PhD student.  

(Adobe) InDesign for Beginners

A workshop that Florian Sandhäger and myself offered to NeNa 2017 participants to give useful tips on how to prepare pretty figures that ready for publications and presentations.