Prof. Dr. Melanie Wilke studied from 1997–2001 at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) Psycholinguistics, Neuropsychology and Neurobiology.
She graduated from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tübingen). From 2005-2011 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health (Bethesda, MD, USA) and at the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA, USA).
Since 4/2011 she is the head of the Department of Cognitive Neurology, which has been established by the Schilling Foundation, at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG).
The goal of her research is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying normal and impaired visual perception and decision making and to bridge the gap between basic and clinical research. She studies the influence of brain lesions in non-human primates and humans by means of brain inactivation and stimulation methods in combination with single cell physiology and functional imaging.