Laurentius (Renzo) Huber

VENI-Fellow in MR-Methods, Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht Brain Imaging Center, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Maastricht

Phone: 0644 160 093
Office phone: +31 43 388 2170
Whatsapp: +49 176 7575 4962
Skype: renzohuber

Cognitive Neuroscience,
Room 1.014,
Oxfordlaan 55,
6229 EV Maastricht,
The Netherlands

About me

I received my doctoral degree in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany in 2015 working with Bob Turner and Harald Moeller. Between 2015 and 2018, I did my Post-Doc work with Peter Bandettini at NIH focusing on developing methods to map brain functional activity changes at sub-millimeter scales in humans.
Since January 2019, I  am a doing a three-year VENI-fellowship in the MR-methods group headed by Benedikt Poser in Maastricht. In this VENI project, I am working on improving the applicability of layer-fMRI. Specifically,  I am working on methods to measure the information flow through the brain non-invasively with advanced MRI. With this method, researchers will be able to see 1.) where a brain area receives input from other brain areas, 2.) how this information is processed and 3.) how the result of the neural computation is sent to other areas or the muscels of the body. It will be investigated how these brain connections are different for individual people.

Current projects

  • I am working on Non-BOLD fMRI with a focus on blood-volume sensitive VASO methods to capture neural activity changes with high-localization specificity at sub-millimeter scales across cortical layers and columns at high field strengths (7T and 9.4T).
  • A big focus of my VENI project is to make layer-fMRI more applicable for a wider research field. Hence, I am working on advanced methods (including SMS-EPI and 3D-EPI) to increase the imaging coverage of layer fMRI. Furthermore, I am working to characterize the sources of noise at sub-millimeter fMRI.

Online presence

  • On Twitter, I am writing about layerfMRI.
  • On Github, I am writing a standalone layering software LAYNII.
  • On the blog, I am writing about layer-fMRI topics such as acquisition, analyses and research field.
  • On Youtube, I am collecting scientific talks on high-resolution and layer fMRI in the layerfMRI channel.


Curriculum Vitae


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