Dr Axel Thielscher
Axel Thielscher obtained doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences, both “with highest honor”, from the University of Ulm (Germany). This was followed by a PostDoc stay at Brown University (Providence, RI) and a position as research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Cybnernetics (Tübingen, Germany). Currently, Axel holds a shared position as Associate Professor at the Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Denmark) and the Technical University of Denmark (Kgs. Lyngby).
Axel’s research interests are the interface of engineering with neuroscience research and applications. This includes the integration of brain stimulation with brain imaging modalities as well as computational dosimetry approaches for brain stimulation. He is the founder of the SimNIBS project (Simulation of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation) that developed the first open-source software pipeline for individualized FEM calculations for brain stimulation based on MR images, and that is now widely used in the field. He leverages these methods and integrates them with neuroimaging to characterize and improve target engagement during brain stimulation and to understand the mechanisms of action by which brain stimulation modulates neural activity.