Paul Werginz works as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute and leads the FWF-funded project Biophysical diversity in retinal ganglion cells. His work focuses on understanding the nature of signal generation and propagation in nerve cells.

Further, his interest lies in electrical stimulation of the nervous system to restore body functions as employed in retinal and cochlear implants.

Experimental methods comprise electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry and computational modeling.

  • 2022-2025: FWF stand-alone project P35488, Biophysical diversity in retinal ganglion cells, Principal Investigator
  • 2019-2024: NIH R01NS110575, Investigating the response of CNS neurons to electric and magnetic stimulation, Site-Principal Investigator at TU Wien (Principal Investigator Shelley Fried)
  • 2017-2019: FWF Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship J3947, Identification of calcium current reversal in bipolar cells, Principal Investigator

An overview of all publications can be found on Google Scholar, opens an external URL in a new window and reposiTUm, opens an external URL in a new window.


  • Werginz, P.*, Raghuram, V.*, Fried, S.I. (2020), Tailoring of the Axon Initial Segment shapes the conversion of synaptic inputs into spiking output in OFF-a T retinal ganglion cellsScience Advances 6(37)
  • Werginz, P., Raghuram, V., Fried, S.I. (2020), The relationship between morphological properties and thresholds to extracellular electric stimulation in a RGCsJournal of Neural Engineering 17(4)
  • Werginz, P., Wang, B.Y., Chen, Z.C., Palanker, D. (2020), On optimal coupling of the “electronic photoreceptors” into the degenerate retinaJournal of Neural Engineering 17(4)
  • Sajedi, S., Fellner, A., Werginz, P.*, Rattay, F.* (2021), Block phenomena during electric micro-stimulation in pyramidal cells and retinal ganglion cellsFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 15
  • Werginz, P., Benav, H., Zrenner, E., Rattay, F. (2015), Modeling the response of ON and OFF retinal bipolar cells during extracellular stimulationVision Research 111(Pt B), 170-181