Prof. Dr. Til Ole Bergmann

Associate Professor (W2) of Neurostimulation

Deputy Head of Neuroimaging Center (NIC) 

NeuroImaging Center (NIC), Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany

Group Leader AG Neurostimulation 

Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), Mainz, Germany

I am a biological psychologist / cognitive neuroscientist interested in the function of neuronal oscillations in cognition, in particular for the organization of information processing and the gating of synaptic plasticity in the wake and sleeping human brain. My methodological focus is on the simultaneous combination of non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation techniques with neuroimaging and electrophysiology and the development of novel approaches, such as brain state-dependent brain stimulation.

Address:

Prof. Dr. Til Ole Bergmann
Associate Professor of Neurostimulation
Deputy Head, NeuroImaging Center (NIC)
Johannes-Gutenberg University Medical Center
Langenbeckstr. 1, Bldg. 308c, 55131 Mainz, Germany

Contact:

+49-6131-17-7720 | tobergmann@uni-mainz.de
www.tobergmann.de

I graduated in Psychology at the University of Kiel (Germany), and did my PhD with Prof. Hartwig Siebner on the oscillatory underpinnings of memory consolidation during sleep using concurrent tES-TMS, EEG-fMRI, and TMS-EEG. During a subsequent PostDoc with Prof. Ole Jensen at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen (Netherlands) I then studied the function of alpha oscillations for visuospatial attention using concurrent TMS-EEG and tES-MEG approaches. Following an interim faculty appointment at the Institute of Psychology back in Kiel, I moved to Tübingen (Germany) to work with Prof. Ulf Ziemann on real-time EEG-triggered TMS to study the function of the sensorimotor mu-alpha rhythm for corticospinal excitability and with Prof. Jan Born to continue my investigations into the function of sleep-specific oscillations. In 2018, I started my own research group for Neurostimulation at the Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) in Mainz (Germany), where we established concurrent TMS-fMRI and further advanced EEG-triggered TMS and the automation of neurostimulation experiments. In November 2020, I was appointed Associate Professor (W2) of Neurostimulation at the Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center in Mainz, while keeping an associated research group at the LIR to continue studying the neurobiological correlates of emotional memory processing for resilience.

Editorial Work

  • NeuroImage (Handling Editor since 2019; Editorial board member since 2016)
  • The Journal of Neuroscience (Editorial Board member since 2017)
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (Consulting Editor since 2020)

Awards

Membership in Scientific Societies

since 2010 Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
since 2012 German Psychological Society (DGPs)
since 2016 German Neuroscience Society (GNS)
since 2016 Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)
since 2018 Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
since 2018 Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS)

Main Collaborators

  • Prof. Lennart Verhagen, Nijmegen, NL
  • Prof. Christian Windischberger, Vienna, AT
  • Prof. Ulf Ziemann, Tübingen, DE
  • Dr. Christoph Zrenner, Tübingen, DE
  • Prof. Jan Born, Tübingen, DE
  • Prof. Hartwig Siebner, DRCMR, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, DK
  • Prof. Ole Jensen, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr. Bernhard Staresina, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Prof. Nigel Rogasch, Monash University Melbourne, AUS
  • Prof. Emily Coffey, Concordia University, Montreal, CA

Professional Appointments

  1. 2020-Present
    Associate Professor (W2) for Neurostimulation
    NeuroImaging Center (NIC), Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany
  2. 2018-Present
    Principal Investigator
    Neurostimulation Group, Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR), Mainz, Germany
  3. 2015-2018
    Senior PostDoc
    Department of Neurology & Stroke, and Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (Prof. Ulf Ziemann); Institute for Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology (Prof. Jan Born), University of Tübingen, Germany
  4. 2014-2015
    PostDoc
    Institute of Psychology, University of Kiel, Germany (Prof. Anya Pedersen)
  5. 2011-2013
    PostDoc
    Neuronal Oscillations Group (Prof. Ole Jensen), Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  6. 2010-2011
    PostDoc
    Department of Neurology, University of Kiel (Prof. Hartwig Siebner) and Collaborative Research Center SFB654 "Plasticity and Sleep" (Prof. Jan Born)
  7. 2005-2010
    PhD student
    Department of Neurology, University of Kiel (Prof. Hartwig Siebner) and Collaborative Research Center SFB654 "Plasticity and Sleep" (Prof. Jan Born)

Education

  1. May 12, 2010

    PhD (Dr. phil.) with summa cum laude, Thesis: "Memory Consolidation during Sleep. On the Function of Neuronal Oscillations in Brain Plasticity."

    Institute of Psychology, University of Kiel, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Hartwig Siebner)
  2. Sep 2005

    Diploma in Psychology,Thesis: "What is real in real memories? The influence of valence and arousal of real vs. fictitious autobiographical memories on neuronal activity: an fMRI study."

    University of Kiel, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Roman Ferstl)
  3. 2000-2005

    Student of Psychology

    University of Kiel, Germany