Torkel Hafting

Associate Professor - Division of Physiology
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Phone +47 22856300
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Visiting address Domus Medica
Postal address Postboks 1103 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic Interests

  • Neural circuits
  • Memory
  • Perception
Photo of perineuronal nets stabilize long-term memories
Some neurons are surrounded by a dense sugar coat, perineuronal nets (green) which limits plasticity in the adult brain. Bottom row show the development of the nets from postnatal day 12 to 30. Synapses on the cell body are located in the holes in the nets (Christensen, Lensjø et al., 2017).  Perineuronal nets stabilize long-term memories (Thompson et al., PNAS 2018). 

Teaching

Higher education and employment history

Education:

  • 2005: Dr.Scient. in physiology, University of Oslo.
  • 1998: MSc in physiology, University of Oslo.
  • 1996: Arctic biology, The Unversity Centre in Svalbard.
  • 1995: Bachelor in Biology, University of Oslo.

Positions:

  • 2010-2013: Group leader, Institute of Biosciences, UiO
  • 2008-2010:  Postoc, University of California San Francisco
  • 2002-2008: Postdoc, Centre for the Biology of Memory, NTNU

Honoraria

  • 2008: Fulbright scholar fellowship.
  • 2007: Nansen-award. Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters prize for young researchers.
  • 2006: I.K. Lykkes award. Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters prize for young researchers in natural Sciences.

Collaboration

Tags: Brain and nervous system, Neuroscience, Life science, Memory, Cortex, Plasticity

Publications

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  • Thon, Sarah Kriebel; Christensen, Ane Charlotte; Fjeldstad, Maria P; Schøyen, Vemund Sigmundson; Olsen, Elise Reppe & Lepperød, Mikkel Elle [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2022). Social and spatial codes in hippocampus CA2 and entorhinal cortex.
  • Sørensen, Christina; Qureshi, Tayyaba; Fyhn, Marianne; Hafting, Torkel & Chaudhry, Farrukh Abbas (2021). GABA er essensielt for normal hjerneutvikling og synaptisk plastisitet. NBS-nytt. ISSN 0801-3535.
  • Hafting, Torkel (2021). Dissociation between theta oscillations and the spatial code of grid cells.
  • Røe, Malin Benum; Aasebø, Ida Elisabeth Jørgensen; Mobarhan, Milad; Lensjø, Kristian Kinden; Einevoll, Gaute & Hafting, Torkel [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Stable orientation tuning in the freely moving rat: Movement-robust orientation-selective neurons in the deep layers of the primary visual cortex.
  • Røe, Malin Benum; Aasebø, Ida Elisabeth Jørgensen; Mobarhan, Milad; Lensjø, Kristian Kinden; Einevoll, Gaute & Hafting, Torkel [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2019). Stable orientation tuning in the freely moving rat: Movement-robust orientation-selective neurons in the deep layers of the primary visual cortex.
  • Hagen, Espen; Stasik, Alexander Johannes; Billeh, Yazan N.; Siegle, Joshua H.; Dai, Kael & Rimehaug, Atle Eskeland [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2019). Comparing spikes and the local field potential (LFP) in V1 between experimental data and a comprehensive biophysical model.
  • Hagen, Espen; Stasik, Alexander Johannes; Billeh, Yazan; Siegle, Joshua H.; Dai, Kael & Rimehaug, Atle Eskeland [Show all 14 contributors for this article] (2019). Comparing spikes and the local field potential (LFP) in V1 between experimental data and a comprehensive biophysical model.
  • Røe, Malin Benum; Aasebø, Ida Elisabeth Jørgensen; Mobarhan, Milad; Lensjø, Kristian Kinden; Stöber, Tristan Manfred & Einevoll, Gaute [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2018). Stable orientation tuning in the freely moving rat: Movement-robust orientation-selective neurons in the deep layers of the primary visual cortex.
  • Hazen, Jennifer; Wigestrand, Mattis B; Aasebø, Ida Elisabeth Jørgensen; Tully, Annabelle; Dinh, Tovy & Lepperød, Mikkel [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2018). Lateral hypothalamic area projection neurons contribute to an innate freezing response.
  • Hafting, Torkel (2018). Brain plasticity, perineuronal nets and long-term memories.
  • Grødem, Sverre; Sandvik, Guro Katrine; Hazen, Jennifer; Lensjø, Kristian Kinden; Hafting, Torkel & Fyhn, Marianne (2018). A CRISPR-Cas9 platform for genetic perturbations of brain extracellular matrix regulators in vivo .
  • Aasebø, Ida Elisabeth Jørgensen; Fyhn, Marianne; Hafting, Torkel & Einevoll, Gaute (2018). Behavioural state and neuronal activity: how the freely moving paradigm can uncover novel response characteristics. Universitetet i Oslo.

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Published Nov. 11, 2013 9:41 AM - Last modified June 2, 2022 10:21 AM