Uwe Mayer

P.zza Manifattura, 1 - 38068 Rovereto
tel. 0464 808179
uwe.mayer[at]unitn [dot] it
Formazione

2012: Dr. rer. nat. University of Bielefeld, Germany. (Adv. Prof. H-J Bischof)

2008: M.Sc. (Systems Biology of Brain and Behaviour), University of Bielefeld, Germany.

2006: B.Sc. (Biology), University of Bielefeld, Germany.

2001: Biological Technical Assistant (State-certified BTA), CSB, Bielefeld, Germany.

 

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

2017 - Present: Principal Investigator, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy.

2013 - 2017: Postdoc with an ERC advanced grant (P.I. Prof. G. Vallortigara), CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy 

2012 - 2013: Postdoc, University of Bielefeld, Germany (P.I. Prof. J. Engelmann).
 

Interessi di ricerca

- Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour

- Neurobiology of comparative cognition

- Animal physiology and comparative neuroanatomy

Attività di ricerca

The 'Neurobiology of Comparative Cognition' group at CIMEC (Center of Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy) is focusing on different functions of avian hippocampus, neuronal mechanisms of social interactions and some aspects of birds' visual system.  By using birds as animal models, our goal is to provide missing informations needed for the comparative study of vertebrate brain evolution and thus to contribute to the understanding of general principles of the nervous system that are not readily apparent from studies on mammals alone.

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici

German Neuroscience Society (NWG)

German Zoological Society (DZG)

International Society for Neuroethology (ISN) 

 

Convegni e conferenze

Selected talks at conferences:

  • 2019  RIN Conference on Animal Navigation, London, UK
  • 2017 ‘International Conference of Neuroscience’, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey.
  • 2017 ‘Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG)’, Bielefeld, Germany.
  • 2015 ‘Mini Symposium on Laterality’, CIMeC, Rovereto, Italy.
  • 2011 ‘Neuroethology Satellite Symposium at the Meeting of the German Zoological Society (DZG)’, Saarbrücken, Germany.

 

Poster presentations at conferences (2015-2018):

  • Morandi Raikova A, Mayer U. The use of spatial and local cues for orientation in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). Avian Cognitive Neuroscience 2018, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. 
  • Rosa Salva O, Mayer U, Giorgio Vallortigara. Innate social predispositions for animate motion and their neural correlates in newly-hatched chicks (Gallus gallus). DZG Meeting 2017, Bielefeld, Germany. 
  • Mayer U, Bhushan R, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Representation of environmental shape in the hippocampal formation of domestic chicks. Cogevo 2016, Rovereto, Italy
  • Morbioli F,  Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Septal response to the motion of an alive conspecific in visually naive chicks (Gallus gallus). Cogevo 2016, Rovereto, Italy
  • Mayer U, Bhushan R, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Representation of environmental shape in the hippocampal formation of domestic chicks. iNAV 2016 - Bad Gastein, Austria. 
  • Mayer U, Chiandetti C, Boschetti E, Trainito C, Vallortigara G. Hippocampal formation involvement in encoding quantities in domestic chicks (Gallus gallus) revealed by c-Fos as neuronal activity marker. CAOs 2016 - Rovereto Workshop on Concepts, Actions, and Objects, Rovereto, Italy. 
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Morbioli F, Vallortigara G. Septal Response to the First Exposure to the Motion of an Alive Conspecific In Naive Domestic Chicks. ECCN 2016 - 8th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, Munich, Germany.
  • Rosa Salva O, Mayer U and Giorgio Vallortigara. Brain activity in chicks exposed to a predisposed or a non-predisposed social stimulus: an immediate early gene expression study. ECCN 2016 - 8th European Conference on Comparative Neurobiology, Munich, Germany.
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Grassi M, Regolin L, Vallortigara G. Higher activity in the right septum of chicks (Gallus gallus) exposed to elementary motion cues related to animacy perception. The XII International Congress for Neuroethology: (ICN) – March 30 - April 3, 2016 – Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Dorigatti S, Vallortigara G. Lateral Septum responds to the first exposure to a live social partner in naive domestic chicks (Gallus gallus). EBBS - European Brain and Behaviour Society Joint Meeting 2015, Verona, Italy 
  • Lorenzi E, Rosa Salva O, Mayer U, Grassi M, Regolin L, Vallortigara G. Neural correlates of animate motion predispositions in chicks (Gallus gallus). SIE 2015 - XXVI Convegno Nazionale della Società Italiana di Etologia, Parma, Italy 
  • Boschetti E, Mayer U, Trainito C, Chiandetti C, Vallortigara G. Neuronal basis of numerical cognition in the domestic chick (Gallus gallus). Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition 2015, Italy
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Lateral Septum in visually naïve chicks responds to animacy. Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution and Neurobiology (GRS) – June 27-28,2015 – Lucca (Barga), Italy 
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Septum in visually naïve chicks responds to animacy. workshop - INSECT models of BEHAVIOUR – 4th September, 2015 – Rovereto (TN), Italy
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. Lateral septum responds to self-propelled motion in naïve chicks. EBBS - European Brain and Behaviour Society joint meeting – September 12-15, 2015 – Verona, Italy
  • Lorenzi E, Mayer U, Rosa Salva O, Vallortigara G. A neuronal activity marker c-Fos reveals higher activity in septum of chicks exposed to animacy motion cues. Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition (TSPC) – November 13, 2015 – Trieste, Italy
  • Bhushan R, Mayer U, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Environmental novelty and c-Fos activation in the avian hippocampus. Conference/Course: Aging Brain, Torino, 2015, Italy
  • Bhushan R, Mayer U, Vallortigara G, Lee SA. Environmental novelty and c-Fos activation in the avian hippocampus. Donders Discussions 2015, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Altre attività

Peer-Reviewer for:

  • Scientific Reports; Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences; Neurobiology of Learning and Memory; Neuroscience; Neuroscience Letters; Journal of Physiology Paris; PLoS ONE; Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research; Proc Natl Acad Sci India Sect B Biol Sci; PeerJ; Laterality, Journal of Experimental Zoology.
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