Prof. Dr. Alireza Valizadeh


Ruhr-University Bochum
International Graduate School of Neuroscience
Mercator Research Group "Structure of Memory"
Faculty of Psychology
Universitaetsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Room: GA 04/ 45
Phone: +49-234- 32 29616
Fax: +49-234- 32 14463
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Office Hours: By appointment



I received my PhD in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS), Iran. My PhD thesis was on the ‘Synchronization of Josephson junctions in triangular arrays’. I conducted postdoctoral research also at IASBS working on ‘Soliton dynamics in Bose-Einstein condensates and Josephson junction arrays’. I have been an Assistant Professor at IASBS since 2009, initiating a Neuroscience Program with a few colleagues from the Physics, Mathematics and Biochemistry Departments. Now I am the head of the Neurophysics Lab, one of the leading groups in theoretical and computational neuroscience in Iran. We use the dynamical systems approach to study the self-organized dynamics and emergent phenomena in neuronal ensembles. We are interested in clarifying the role of different parameters such as the delay in communication, heterogeneity and shared/independent noises on the coordinated activity of neurons. Currently, I pursue the question of the synchronization properties of neuronal networks with dynamic synaptic weights and study the interplay of dynamics and structure seen in the networks when the synapses evolve through spike-timing-dependent plasticity.

A list of publications and additional information can be found on my website at the IASBS.