Viviane Hambrecht-Wiedbusch, PhD


Viviane’s research focuses on neural networks controlling interacting states of sleep, anesthesia, cognition, and pain, which she evaluates by using transgenic mice models, EEG/EMG recordings, neurochemistry, behavioral and cognitive tests, as well as pharmacological and chemogenetic tools.

Working with Dr. Vanini, Viviane investigates how insults (e.g., sleep deprivation, drugs, chemogenetic stimulation/inhibition) on sleep- and pain-related brain regions influence sleep states, cortical connectivity, recovery from anesthesia, and nociception. In addition, she is interested in how these manipulations affect cognition and whether these effects are age specific.

Viviane completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, with a research emphasis on fear-potentiated startle response before joining the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan, where her research focus shifted to sleep, anesthesia, cognition, and pain.

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