Pieter R Roelfsema

Pieter R Roelfsema, MD, PhD


Regular Director Netherlands Inst for Neuroscience

Amsterdam, Netherlands


Pieter R. Roelfsema received his MD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1991. For his PhD work he went to the group of Wolf Singer at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt (Germany) to work on the visual system of the cat and the role of neuronal synchronization. He received his PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. He then worked as postdoc in the department Visual Systems Analysis at the University of Amsterdam headed by Henk Spekreijse where he worked together with Victor Lamme. In 2002 he became workgroup leader at the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute, which became part of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience in 2005. In 2007 he was appointed as general director of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, an institute of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands. In 2005 he became strategic Professor at the Free University of Amsterdam and in 2012 also Professor at the AMC in Amsterdam. Pieter Roelfsema was member of the Dutch Young Academy from 2005 to 2010, and he is now ambassador for the Dutch Young Academy. He studies visual perception, plasticity and memory in the visual system using multi-electrode recording techniques in experimental animals, behavioral paradigms in humans, and computational neuroscience approaches. Pieter Roelfsema investigates how neurons in different brain areas work together during visual cognition, i.e. during tasks that require thinking with the visual brain. Even the simplest visual task activates thousands neurons across a large number of cortical and subcortical brain areas. Roelfsema studies how these networks of neurons work together to solve the task and how networks configure themselves during learning.
Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Behavioral Neuroscience
Bioinformatics / Neuroinformatics
Cognitive Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience and Modeling
Sensory Systems Neuroscience
Analysis of Behavior and Cognition in Non-human Animals
Computation, Modeling, and Simulation
Electrophysiology (channels)
Electrophysiology (unit activity)
Imaging (microscopy)
Imaging (PET, fMRI, etc)
Species: Vertebrate

Committee Participation

CommitteeTitleMember Status
NGA/SEA Selection CommitteeMemberCurrent
Committee on Animals in ResearchMemberPast