Øyvind Arne Høydal
Background and activities
In my PhD, I work with the regions of the brain that are involved with our ability to navigate and form memories.
In my research I focus on the functional organization of the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex in the medial temporal lobe. In these regions we find some remarkable neurons, place cells in the hippocampus and grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, which are important for our ability to navigate and to form memories. In my work, I combine intracellular electrophysiology with trans-synaptic tracing and calcium imaging in order to explore how the neuronal networks in the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex are organzied, enabling them to produce such functionally specialized cell types as place cells and grid cells.