Martha Hvoslef-Eide

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Visiting address Kristine Bonnevies Hus Blindernveien 31
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic interests

I am a behavioural neuroscientist interested in 1) translational cognition and the influence of risk genes on cognitive function in animal models of psychiatric disease, and 2) the neural circuitry of perception and memory. In particular, I want to understand the interactions between areas in the visual ventral stream and the perirhinal cortex within a defined theoretical framework.


Techniques include rodent touchscreen operant chambers combined with in vivo electrophysiological recordings and optogenetic and DREADDs-mediated control of neural circuits, as well as microinfusions of pharmacological agents, transgenic mouse lines and hand run behavioural tasks. 


I completed my PhD in behavioural neuroscience at Cardiff University with Prof Mark Good and Dr Emma Kidd, working on immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease in transgenic mouse models and primary neuronal cell culture. My previous postdoctoral position was with Profs Lisa Saksida, Tim Bussey and Trevor Robbins at the University of Cambridge, focusing on developing new methods for assessing cognition in rodent models of schizophrenia using touchscreen operant chambers on an EU grant with a number of industrial partners.  


I am happy to consider new Master students (co-supervised by Marianne Fyhn) who wish to work on the neural circuits of cognition using a combination of the techniques described above. Please get in touch if you are interested. 


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2016-present   Postdoctoral Researcher,

                        Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo

                        (Dr Fyhn)

2012-2015       Postdoctoral Researcher,

                        Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge 

                        (Profs Saksida, Bussey and Robbins)

2008-2012       PhD Behavioural Neuroscience,

                        Department of Psychology, Cardiff University 

                        (Prof Good and Dr Kidd)

2005-2008       BSc Psychology,

                        Department of Psychology, Cardiff University


2018                FENS Childcare grant (€400)

2015                Travel Award (€500) European Brain and Behaviour


2014                Equipment Grant (£10 000) Marmaduke Shield Fund,

                        University of Cambridge

2014                Travel Award (£800) Guarantors of Brain

2013                Travel Award (£800) Guarantors of Brain

2013                Wellcome Trust Scholarship (£1440) for a

                        Biochemical Vacation Summer Studentship

2011                Travel Award (registration cost) International Conference

                        on Alzheimer's disease

2007                Personal Scholarship (£2500) Undergraduate Research

                        Opportunities Programme, Cardiff University


Teaching summary

Director of Studies

2014-2015        Director of Studies in Psychological

                         and Behavioural Studies, Jesus College,

                         University of Cambridge

2014-2015        Director of Studies in Psychological

                         and Behavioural Studies, Wolfson College,

                         University of Cambridge


2019                Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience II,

                        University of Oslo

2014                Learning, Memory and Cognition,

                        University of Cambridge


Supervision of students

2016-2018        Main supervisor for Master degree students, UiO

2009-2014        Supervision and tutoring of various undergraduate,

                         Master and PhD students at Cardiff University and the

                         University of Cambridge 


2017                 Special module examiner (Master degree level), UiO

2014-2015        Bachelor degree final year exams in Learning, Memory

                         and Cognition, University of Cambridge


Reviewer for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Psychopharmacology, Biological Psychiatry, Genes Brain Behaviour, Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Learning and Memory



Selective reduction of APP-BACE1 activity improves memory via NMDA NR2B receptor-mediated mechanisms in aged PDAPP mice (2018)

C Evans, R Thomas, T Freeman, M Hvoslef-Eide, E Kidd, M Good 

Neurobiology of Aging 75, 136-149


Effects of anterior cingulate cortex lesions on a continuous performance task for mice (2018)

M Hvoslef-Eide, SRO Nilsson, JM Hailwood, TW Robbins, LM Saksida, AC Mar, TJ Bussey 

Brain and Neuroscience Advances 2, 2398212818772962


A rapidly acquired foraging-based working memory task, sensitive to hippocampal lesions, reveals age-dependent and age-independent behavioural changes in a mouse model of amyloid pathology  (2018)

C Evans, M Hvoslef-Eide, R Thomas, E Kidd, M Good 

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 149, 46-57


Alterations in endocytic protein expression with increasing age in the transgenic APP695 V717I London mouse model of amyloid pathology: implications for Alzheimer’s disease (2017)

RS Thomas, M Alsaqati, JS Bice, M Hvoslef-Eide, MA Good, EJ Kidd

NeuroReport 28 (15), 963-968


The representational–hierarchical view of pattern separation: Not just hippocampus, not just space, not just memory? (2016)

BA Kent, M Hvoslef-Eide, LM Saksida, TJ Bussey

Neurobiology of learning and memory 129, 99-106 


Adult neurogenesis and pattern separation in rodents: a critical evaluation of data, tasks and interpretation (2016)

M Hvoslef-Eide, CA Oomen

Frontiers in Biology 11 (3), 168-181


The continuous performance test (rCPT) for mice: a novel operant touchscreen test of attentional function (2015)

CH Kim, M Hvoslef-Eide, SRO Nilsson, MR Johnson, BR Herbert, TW Robbins, LM Saksida, TJ Bussey, AC Mar

Psychopharmacology 232 (21-22), 3947-3966


The NEWMEDS rodent touchscreen test battery for cognition relevant to schizophrenia (2015)

M Hvoslef-Eide, AC Mar, SRO Nilsson, J Alsiö, CJ Heath, LM Saksida, TW Robbins, TJ Bussey

Psychopharmacology 232 (21-22), 3853-3872


Trial-unique, delayed nonmatching-to-location (TUNL) touchscreen testing for mice: sensitivity to dorsal hippocampal dysfunction (2015)

CH Kim, C Romberg, M Hvoslef-Eide, CA Oomen, AC Mar, CJ Heath, AA Berthiaume, TJ Bussey, LM Saksida

Psychopharmacology 232 (21-22), 3935-3945


A novel 2-and 3-choice touchscreen-based continuous trial-unique nonmatching-to-location task (cTUNL) sensitive to functional differences between dentate gyrus and CA3 subregions of the the hippocampus (2015)

CA Oomen, M Hvoslef-Eide, D Kofink, F Preusser, AC Mar, LM Saksida, TJ Bussey

Psychopharmacology 232 (21-22), 3921-3933


Cognitive translation using the rodent touchscreen testing approach (2015)

M Hvoslef-Eide, SRO Nilsson, LM Saksida, TJ Bussey

Translational Neuropsychopharmacology, 423-447


Facilitation of spatial working memory performance following intra-prefrontal cortical administration of the adrenergic alpha1 agonist phenylephrine (2015)

M Hvoslef-Eide, CA Oomen, BM Fisher, CJ Heath, TW Robbins,  LM Saksida, TJ Bussey

Psychopharmacology 232 (21-22), 4005-4016


Anti-amyloid precursor protein antibodies as a potential therapy for Alzheimer's disease (2014)

EJ Kidd, M Hvoslef-Eide, RS Thomas

Neuroreport 25 (3), 145-145


The touchscreen operant platform for testing learning and memory in rats and mice (2013)

AE Horner, CJ Heath, M Hvoslef-Eide, BA Kent, CH Kim, SRO Nilsson, J Alsio, CA Oomen, A Holmes, LM Saksida, TJ Bussey

Nature protocols 8 (10), 1961 


The touchscreen operant platform for testing working memory and pattern separation in rats and mice (2013)

CA Oomen, M Hvoslef-Eide, CJ Heath, AC Mar, AE Horner, TJ Bussey, LM Saksida

Nature protocols 8 (10), 2006


Inhibition of amyloid-β production by anti-amyloid precursor protein antibodies in primary mouse cortical neurones (2013)

RS Thomas, M Hvoslef-Eide, MA Good, EJ Kidd

NeuroReport 24 (18), 1058


Characterisation of memory function of three APP mutation models of Alzheimer's disease-like pathology (2011)

M Hvoslef-Eide, K Hall, R Thomas, E Kidd, M Good

Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association 7 (4), S521


Memberships of Scientific Societies

Society for Neuroscience

European Brain and Behaviour Society

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

Norwegian Neuroscience Society

Published Aug. 26, 2016 11:20 AM - Last modified Mar. 28, 2019 10:54 AM

Research groups

  • Fyhn