Sabine Gretenkord

Dr. Sabine Gretenkord is a post-doctoral researcher at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Her background is in Mathematics and Neuroscience and she started investigating brain oscillations during her Wellcome Trust Ph.D. at Newcastle University, UK. This is where she became fascinated by the discontinuous nature of slow-wave sleep oscillations and investigated how these oscillations were modulated by dopamine. Later, she learned that the developing brain produces similar discontinuous oscillations during the first two weeks after birth. In order to be trained to record electrical brain activity in neonatal mice, she moved to Hamburg and joined the group of Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz. During her post-doc, she has investigated brain oscillations in the developing olfactory system and their modulation by odors. She is particularly interested to reveal the role of the olfactory system in the development of brain regions involved in higher cognitive function such as the entorhinal cortex, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex.

Revealing The Role Of Olfaction In Developing Brain Networks

When mice are born, they are blind, deaf, and have very limited sensorimotor abilities. In contrast, the olfactory system is functional, and the maternal signature odor already plays an important role in triggering feeding reflexes, making odor recognition a crucial […]