Lecturers

Jeffrey Burgdorf


Jeffrey Burgdorf, Ph.D. is a neuropsychopharmacologist and is presently both a Research Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University and the Director of Discovery Science at Aptinyx Inc in Evanston, Illinois. Using rat ultrasonic calls as a model of positive and negative affect, he has contributed to the development of novel therapeutics for psychiatric disorders.  Recently, using a neuroethological approach to the study of ultrasonic vocalizations, he has proposed a new model of emotion processing in the brain and is currently developing a novel translational EEG-based measure of emotion based on his findings.





Nicola Simola


Nicola Simola, M.Sc., Ph.D. is a neuropharmacologist and neuroscientist. He is currently Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

His main research interests involve the neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology of psychostimulants and the neuropharmacology of dopaminomimetic drugs in experimental rodent models of addiction and neurodegenerative diseases. Prof. Simola has authored more than 70 publications in international scientific journals and books, and has edited one scientific book and two special issues in international scientific journals.





Markus Wöhr

Markus Wöhr, Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.), is Professor for Biological Psychology and Behavioral Pharmacology at KU Leuven, Belgium. He is the head of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Research Group at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven. At present, he is also holding a Young Investigator Group Leader position at the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology, Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany. He has a broad background in animal behavior and translational research models for neuropsychiatric dysfunctions, with specific training and expertise in behavioral neuroscience of affective and neurodevelopmental disorders. His main research interests include neurobiological mechanisms underlying social behavior, acoustic communication through ultrasonic vocalizations, and socio-affective information processing in rodents.





Stefan Brudzynski

Stefan M. Brudzynski, Ph.D. (Univ. of Łódź), D.Sc. (PAN, Warsaw), is a neurophysiologist and neuroscientist, presently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Professor Brudzynski, a former Director of the Centre of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Biology at Brock University, is the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for his contribution to the field of Behavioral Neuroscience.

Professor Brudzynski is editor of two handbooks on mammalian vocalization and ultrasonic vocalization published by Academic Press/ Elsevier and recipient of the Elsevier Award for exceptional contribution to the quality of Behavioural Brain Research. Professor Brudzynski’s main research interests are in the neural regulation of animal behavior, and particularly, central control of ultrasonic vocalization and communication in rodents. His current research is focused on vocal expression of emotional states and brain systems for emotional arousal.





Fabrice de Chaumont

Fabrice de Chaumont, Ph.D. in robotics, is a research engineer in the Human Genetics and Cognitive Functions lab headed by Thomas Bourgeron at Institut Pasteur France. He is originally working in image analysis, machine learning, and developed the Live Mouse Tracker system http://livemousetracker.org with Elodie Ey (IGBMC Strasbourg). He is now involved in the study of ultrasonic vocalizations, he created yet another method to extract USV automatically http://usv.pasteur.cloud and extended Live Mouse Tracker so that ultrasonic vocalizations are now synchronized with behavior analysis. He is always trying to make his systems as friendly as possible and tries to ease the use of big behavior data for everyone.





Richard Mooney



Richard Mooney is the George Barth Geller Professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Neurobiology in the Duke University School of Medicine. Motivated by a longstanding interest in neuroscience and music, his major research interests are understanding how songbirds learn to sing and how mice produce and perceive their innate ultrasonic vocalizations.






Adam Hamed

Adam Hamed, Ph.D. is a neuropsychopharmacologist, pharmacist and neuroscientist, presently researcher in Laboratory of Spatial Memory, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences. His main research is related to individual differences in the activation of the reward system controlled by the emission of ultrasonic vocalization, and biological and neurochemical basis of this phenomena. His research interest is focused on building neurochemical maps (patterns) of activation of the reward system in different behavioral models related to social interactions, drug addiction, and reward prediction. This kind of maps will provide finding new potential mechanisms of drug action in many neuropsychiatric disorders related to reward processing.





Miron Kursa


Miron Kursa holds M.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. in Computer Science, works for Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, where he teaches data science. He is and expert in intelligent systems, data analysis and computational modelling. His current research considers ensemble learning, automatic knowledge extraction and stochastic modelling of complex phenomena. He had participated in many research projects in a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, neurobiology, remote sensing, audio analysis, agriculture, power engineering and air transport, and developed many novel algorithms and methods.





Robert Kuba Filipkowski


Robert Kuba Filipkowski, Ph.D., is a behavioral neuroscientist with extensive background in molecular and cellular biology, including studies on transgenic animals and gene expression. Presently, he heads the Behavior and Metabolism Research Laboratory at Mossakowski Medical Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. His research interests include the functional significance and nuclear dynamics of adult hippocampal neurogenesis as well as the communication between rats with ultrasonic vocalizations. His current experiments are focused on using rat vocalizations as trained instrumental reactions as well as studying rat behavioral and physiological responses to recorded ultrasonic vocalizations.





Kinga Gzielo


Kinga Gzielo obtained her PhD in 2014 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her previous scientific research was mainly focused on neuron-glia interactions during normal and pathological states of the brain. Currently, she is a post-doc in the Department of Behavioural Neuroscience and Drug Development at the Maj Institute of Pharmacology. Since 2019 she is working in the project concerning the influence of both agonists and positive allosteric modulators of the α7-nAChR on behaviors and USVs emission related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Kinga’s main scientific interest is focused on the novel approach to the pharmacotherapy of symptoms of ASD. Additionally, she is interested in the role of glia in the mechanism of ASD development.





Paweł Boguszewski


Dr. Boguszewski is a neuroscientist and behaviorist, head of Laboratory of Behavioral Methods, core-facility at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw, Poland. He has been specializing in the design and analysis of animal behavioral tests for basic and applied biomedical research. He is the author of several computer programs for analyzing data from behavioral studies. Dr. Boguszewski is a graduate of the Faculty of Biology at Warsaw University. He received his Ph.D. degree at the Nencki Institute and completed his scientific internship at Yale University in the USA.