CATZ Nicolas2018-04-06T13:04:04+00:00


Maître de conférence en Neurosciences

Laboratoire de Neurosciences Sensorielles et Cognitives (LNSC)
Aix-Marseille Université, UMR 7260 FR 3C, 3, place Vctor Hugo, 13331 Marseille Cedex 03, France





Corbo J, Zennou-Azogui Y, Xerri C, Catz N. Cortical Merging in S1 as a Substrate for Tactile Input Grouping. eNeuro. 2018 Jan 16;5(1)

Zennou-Azogui Y, Catz N, Xerri C. Hypergravity within a critical period impacts on the maturation of somatosensory cortical maps and their potential for use-dependent plasticity in the adult. J Neurophysiol. 2016 Jun 1;115(6):2740-60. doi: 10.1152/jn.00900.2015. Epub 2016 Feb 17

Catz N, Noreña AJ. Enhanced representation of spectral contrasts in the primary auditory cortex.Front Syst Neurosci. 2013 Jun 19;7:21

Albert MV, Catz N, Thier P, Kording K. Saccadic gain adaptation is predicted by the statistics of natural fluctuations in oculomotor function ront Comput Neurosci. 2012 Dec 6;6:96.

Dash S, Catz N, Dicke PW, Thier P. Encoding of Smooth Pursuit eye movement initiation by a population of vermal Purkinje cells Cereb. Cortex 2012 Apr;22(4):877-91

Dash S, Catz N, Dicke PW, Thier P. Specific vermal complex spike responses build up during the course of smooth-pursuit adaptation, paralleling the decrease of performance error. Exp Brain Res. 2010 Aug;205(1):41-55.

Prsa M, Dash S, Catz N, Dicke P, and Thier P. Characteristics of responses of Golgi cells and mossy fibers to eye saccades and saccadic adaptation recorded from the posterior vermis of the cerebellum.  J Neurosci. 2009 Jan 7;29(1):250-62.

Catz N, Dicke PW and Thier P. Cerebellar-dependent motor learning is based on pruning a Purkinje cell population response. PNAS 2008; 105: 7309-7314

Golla H, Tziridis K, Haarmeier T, Catz N, Barash S, Thier P. Reduced saccadic resilience and impaired saccadic adaptation due to cerebellar disease European Journal of Neurosciences 2008; 27(1):132-144

Catz N, Dicke PW, Thier P. Cerebellar complex spike firing is suitable to induce as well as to stabilize motor learning. Curr. Biol. 2005; 15:2179-2189

Thier P, Dicke PW, Haas R, Thielert CD and Catz N. The role of the oculomotor vermis in the control of saccadic eye movements. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002; 978:50-62. Review

Pelisson D, Goffart L, Guillaume A, Catz N, Raboyeau G. Early head movements elicited by visual stimuli or collicular electrical stimulation in the cat. Vision Res. 2001;41(25-26):3283-94


Since 2012: Maître de Conférence en neurosciences / Assistant Professor, Aix- Marseille University, LNIA, FR3C, UMR 7260

2009 – 2011: Research Scientist (post doc), Laboratoire de Neurobiologie integrative et adaptative , Pole 3C, CNRS Marseille, France

2006 – 2009: Research Scientist (post doc), Department of cognitive neurology, Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen, Germany

2001 – 2006: PhD thesis, Department of cognitive neurology, Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, Tübingen, Germany

2000: Master thesis, INSERM « Space and Action », Bron, France

1999: Research Internship, INSERM « Space and Action », Bron, France


2006: PhD in behavioral and neural sciences (Summa Cum Laude), International Max Planck Research School (University of Tuebingen, Germany)

2000: French D.E.A. (Diplom of Advanced Study), University Claude Bernard Lyon, France

1999: Master of human and animal physiology, master of Neurosciences, University Claude Bernard Lyon,France

1994: French Baccalaureat: specialized in Mathematics and Physics, Annecy, France



Licence 2nd year of Neurosciences (Physiology and Adaptive and Cognitive Neurosciences)

Bioelectricity and neural communications

    Brain Sciences epistemology

    Motor system physiology and eye movement

Licence 3rd year of Neurosciences (Physiology and Adaptive and Cognitive Neurosciences)

    Vision Neurophysiology

Licence 1st year of Psychology

Cellular Biology


Licence 2nd and 3rd year of Sciences and Humanities

Vision Neurophysiology and eye movements

Master in neurosciences

Motor control (cortical and subcortical) physiology

Master Sensory analysis (ANSENS)

Neurophysiology of sensory systems (somatosensory system, vision …)