Karl Farrow Lab

Research focus

​The lab’s broad research objectives are to understand the brain computations involved in the processing of sensory information. We have a strong interest in understanding visual processing and its contributions to behavior from a retina-centric point of view. In particular, how the information extracted from visual scene by the retina contribute to downstream brain computations and behavior.
To address these questions we employ electrophysiological and advanced imaging techniques to probe neural activity, molecular techniques to target and manipulate specific cell types and viral tracing techniques to unravel the connectivity between identified neurons. These lines of inquiry address fundamental issues about how information is disseminated in the brain, the collective encoding of information by populations of neurons and the computations performed by identified neural circuits.


Ambient illumination toggles a neuronal circuit switch in the retina and visual perception at cone thresholdFarrow Karl Teixeira M. C Szikra T Viney T. J Balint K Yonehara K Roska BNEURON, 78, 325-38, 2013
Recording from defined populations of retinal ganglion cells using a high-density CMOS-integrated microelectrode array with real-time switchable electrode selectionFiscella M Farrow K. Jones I. L Jackel D Muller j Frey U Bakkum D. J Hantz P Roska B Hierlemann AJOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS, 211, 103-13, 2012
Physiological clustering of visual channels in the mouse retinaFarrow K. Masland R. HJOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 105, 1516-30, 2011
Sharing receptive fields with your neighbors: tuning the vertical system cells to wide field motionFarrow K. Borst A Haag JJOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE, 25, 3985-93, 2005

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What’s catching your eye?

31/08/2018 - To understand more about how we respond to what we see around us, a team of scientists at NERF has zoomed in on the organization of neurons in the superior colliculus, a midbrain structure that mediates orientation responses to visual cues.

Karl Farrow

Karl Farrow

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PhD: Max-Planck-Institute of Neurobiology. Munich, Germany. 2001 - 2005. 
Postdoc: Harvard Medical School. 2005 - 2007.
Postdoc: Friedrich Miescher Institute. 2007 - 2012
VIB Group Leader since April 2013 

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NERF, empowered by IMEC, KU Leuven and VIBImec CampusKapeldreef 75 3001 LEUVENRoute description