Bilge Askin

 Bilge Askin

Affiliation

AG Wegmann, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin. Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

PhD project
Genomic instability in age-related neurodegenerative diseases

Field of research

Genomic alterations, Neurodegenerative proteinopathies, Tau and TDP-43 pathology

Fun facts

I like planning and I plan my day around coffee breaks

Year

2019

Caroline Beyer

 Caroline Beyer

Affiliation

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC Berlin)

PhD project
Modeling of neuromuscular and vascular development using neuromuscular organoids

Field of research

Developmental Biology, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Fun facts

My apartment has more plants then square meters.

Year

2019

Tony Carricarte

 Tony Carricarte

Affiliation

Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition, Freie Universität Berlin; Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

PhD project
Neural basis of mental imagery, visual illusion and perception

Field of research

Visual cognition, visual perception, recurrent processing, laminar MRI, multivariate pattern analysis

Fun facts

Year

2019

Carina Forster

 Carina Forster

Affiliation

Max Planck Insitute Leipzig

PhD project
Somatosensation, perception and decision making with a focus on subliminal stimuli and metacognition

Field of research

Clinical psychology/neurology, computational neuroscience, psychophysics

Fun facts

Yoga teacher and climbing addict like every other person in Berlin/Neukoelln

Year

2019

Sophie Fromm

 Sophie Fromm

Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute for Psychiatry & Psychotherapy

PhD project
Neurobiological and behavioral substrates of decision maing under uncertainty in the context of (subclinical) psychosis

Field of research

Computational Psychiatry, Decision Making, Reinforcement Learning

Fun facts

Neuroscience is no fun (No Fun et al. , 2020). But I have a scientific publishing joke, please purchase PDF for $39 for 24h access or 70$ for full access.

Year

2019

Barbara Hollunder

 Barbara Hollunder

Affiliation

Network Stimulation Lab, Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Section, Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Graduate School: Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
Towards the Definition of an Optimal Convergent Deep Brain Stimulation Circuit Target for Individual Non-Motor Symptom Constellations in Parkinson’s Disease

Field of research

My scientific interests include symptom-specific connectomic deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the therapy of neurological and psychiatric circuitopathies, patient-centered precision neuromodulation, optimal DBS target modeling, and transdiagnostic / dimensional approaches in neuropsychiatry.

Fun facts

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of former unicycle club members and people who happen to be good at assembling IKEA furniture, you would find me in its slim center.

Year

2019

Victor Kumbol

 Victor Kumbol

Affiliation

AG Lehnardt, Institute of Cell and Neurobiology, Charité-Universitatmedizin Berlin

PhD project
A role beyond gene regulation: how extracellular miRNAs affect neuronal structure and function.

Field of research

neuroimmunology, toll-like receptors, neurodegeneration

Fun facts

I tinker with electronics in my spare time.

Year

2019

Nir Moneta

 Nir Moneta

Affiliation

Max Planck Research Group NeuroCode, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 14195 Berlin, Germany Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, Berlin, 14195 Berlin, Germany

PhD project
Representation and distortions in cognitive maps of task states

Field of research

Value-based decision making and task representation in the brain. Human fMRI and multivariate analysis methods

Fun facts

On an ongoing search for non-scientific hobbies, suggestions are welcome!

Year

2019

Kai Standvoß

 Kai Standvoß

Affiliation

Visual Perception Lab at Charité, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (CCM); Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN)

PhD project
The effect of environmental uncertainty on visual metacognition

Field of research

Cognitive computational neuroscience, visual perception, metacognition, decision making under uncertainty, hierarchical predictive coding

Fun facts

Year

2019

Lea Doppelbauer

 Lea Doppelbauer

Affiliation

Brain Language Laboratory, Freie Universität Berlin; Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
Neurorehabilitation of language: Functional interaction of language and action in aphasia

Field of research

Neurorehabilitation of language, aphasia, language use for communication, computational modeling of language and language breakdown

Fun facts

Year

2018

Anna-Lena Eckert

 Anna-Lena Eckert

Affiliation

Visual Perception Lab at Charité, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (CCM); Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN)

PhD project
Predictions in schizophrenia across perceptual domains

Field of research

I am generally interested in the computational foundations of psychiatric disorders

Fun facts

I grow spider plants – approach me if you’d like to have one

Year

2018

Melina Engelhardt

 Melina Engelhardt

Affiliation

Image Guidance Lab, Department of Neurosurgery with Pediatric Neurosurgery, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

PhD project
Preconditioning of the motor network with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce the mortality risk in neurosurgery

Field of research

Noninvasive brain stimulation, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), clinical neuroscience, glioma, motor system, plasticity, reorganization

Fun facts

My “second PhD project” is improving the anatomic accuracy of the brain cakes I bake.

Year

2018

Gisela Govaart

 Gisela Govaart

Affiliation

Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig; Berlin School of Mind & Brain

PhD project
Voice–Speech Interactions in Infant Phoneme Acquisition

Field of research

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Early Language Acquisition, Phoneme acquisition and voice processing in infancy. In my PhD project, I investigate how infants learn the vowels and consonants of their native language, and how this learning process interacts with the processing of the voices of the speakers the infants are listening to.

Fun facts

Year

2018

Greta Häberle

 Greta Häberle

Affiliation

Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition, Freie Universität Berlin; Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
How does each of the core regions active during vision represent objects?

Field of research

Cognitive neuroscience, vision, fMRI, DNNs, object representations, ventral visual stream

Fun facts

Year

2018

Majed Kikhia

 Majed Kikhia

Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Department of Experimental Neurology; International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

PhD project
Fate mapping of myeloid cell subsets following ischemic stroke.

Field of research

Neuroimmunology and inflammation in animal models of ischemic stroke. Specifically, the involvement of microglia and monocyte-derived macrophages in the pathophysiology of stroke injury.

Fun facts

Although I think I am usually funny, I could not find one fun fact about myself!

Year

2018

Robert Tjarko Lange

 Robert Tjarko Lange

Affiliation

Technische Universität Berlin

PhD project
Learning of Intelligent Swarm Behaviour

Field of research

Deep Reinforcement Learning, Cognitive Neuroscience, Animal Psychology

Fun facts

I used to do freestyle wrestling in the state team of North Rhine-Westphalia before deciding to play Magic: The Gathering semi-professionally

Year

2018

Sara Moberg

 Sara Moberg

Affiliation

AG Larkum, Charité Crossover, Universitätsmedizin Berlin; International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

PhD project
Learning-related plasticity in layer 1 apical dendrites

Field of research

Neuronal circuitry, animal behavior, calcium imaging, apical dendrites

Fun facts

Year

2018

Nelson Niemeyer

 Nelson Niemeyer

Affiliation

Computational Neurophysiology Group, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

PhD project
Pattern generation in noisy neural systems

Field of research

Biophysical neuron models, central pattern generators

Fun facts

Year

2018

Jan Stasinski

 Jan Stasinski

Affiliation

Brain Simulation Unit, Charite Universitatsmedizin; Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN)

PhD project
How the brain creates beliefs - Brain Simulation approach

Field of research

I am interested in high-order cognitive functions and general theories explaining cognition such as hierarchical predictive processing

Fun facts

Re-learning math when you are a graduate student hurts, a lot

Year

2018

Lara Wieland

 Lara Wieland

Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

PhD project
Reinforcement Learning in Schizophrenia

Field of research

Computational Psychiatry

Fun facts

Year

2018

Yuanwei Yao

 Yuanwei Yao

Affiliation

Department of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin; Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
How does effort investment influence subjective value?

Field of research

Decision-making, reward function, motivation

Fun facts

Year

2018

Ashraf Abdo

 Ashraf Abdo

Affiliation

Institut für Medizinische Immunologie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

PhD project
Human chronotyping

Field of research

Chronobiology and Circadian rhythms

Fun facts

I love what I study (Sleep) and I spend the whole weekend studying

Year

2017

Isabella Paola Boux

 Isabella Paola Boux

Affiliation

Brain Language Lab, Freie Universität Berlin Graduate School: Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
Communication beyond form: how the brain processes communicative intention

Field of research

Language, neuropragmatics, speech acts, communication

Fun facts

Year

2017

Meida Jusyte

 Meida Jusyte

Affiliation

Theoretical and Molecular Neuroscience, Leibniz Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

PhD project

Field of research

Molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic transmission and plasticity.

Fun facts

Year

2017

Graham Cooper

 Graham Cooper

Affiliation

NeuroCure Clinical Research Center, Cognition in Neurological Disorders Group, Experimental Neurology, Center for Stroke Research and Charité Core Facility 7T Experimental MRIs, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences.

PhD project
Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Multi-Parameter Mapping in Multiple Sclerosis.

Field of research

Quantitative MRI, Cognitive Neuroscience, Multiple Sclerosis, Experimental Autoimmune Encephalitis, Lesion Classification, Myelin Imaging, Experimental MRI.

Fun facts

Graham is a keen performer but his career peaked at 16 when he directed and starred in his parody of Grease! with the puppet ministry team in his local church.

Year

2017

Andrea Knop

 Andrea Knop

Affiliation

AG Heim, Institute of Medical Psychology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin - Campus Mitte

PhD project
Experience-driven plasticity of the genital somatosensory field

Field of research

Early life stress, childhood adversity, sexual abuse, neural plasticity, plastic reorganization, developmental programming, sensitive periods.

Fun facts

Year

2017

Joram Keijser

 Joram Keijser

Affiliation

Technische Universität Berlin

PhD project
perceptual decision making with a continuum of alternatives

Field of research

theoretical neuroscience, statistical analysis of neural data, plasticity , inhibition

Fun facts

I think we should ‘solve the worm first’ before trying to understand the human brain.

Year

2017

Daniela Palleschi

 Daniela Palleschi

Affiliation

Psycholinguistics, Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Graduate School: Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
Interaction of linguistic and non-linguistic context in language processing.

Field of research

The main aim is to investigate the interaction between world knowledge and temporal verb morphology in language processing. A secondary aim is to investigate this effect in non-native speakers of diverse linguistic backgrounds to determine how the grammar of a native language can affect the on-line processing of a second language when multiple sources of information are involved.

Fun facts

Year

2017

Hung Lo

 Hung Lo

Affiliation

AG Schmitz, Neuroscience Research Center, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences.

PhD project
Odor representation and adaptation in rodents.

Field of research

Neuronal circuitry, animal behaviors, calcium imaging

Fun facts

Hung thought he was a master of Rubik's cube until he realized he is actually color blind.

Year

2017

Kathrin Radscheit

 Kathrin Radscheit

Affiliation

Mobile DNA lab, Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin

PhD project

Field of research

Fun facts

Year

2017

Irene Sophia Plank

 Irene Sophia Plank

Affiliation

Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin; Social Cognition, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Graduate School: Berlin School of Mind and Brain

PhD project
Are parents really better at it? Measuring social competencies regarding children in parents and non-parents.

Field of research

Social Cognition, Social Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Theory of Mind, Empathy, Compassion.

Fun facts

Year

2017

Raquel Suárez Grimalt

 Raquel Suárez Grimalt

Affiliation

AG Owald, Institute of Neurophysiology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

PhD project
Cellular mechanisms of drug preference in Drosophila melanogaster

Field of research

neuroscience/behavioral neuroscience/drug addiction

Fun facts

Year

2017

Kazi Atikur Rahman

 Kazi Atikur Rahman

Affiliation

AG Garner, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences.

PhD project
“Role of pre-synaptic autophagy in clearance of pathogenic alpha-Synuclein aggregates”, “Neuroimmune response modulation in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Field of research

Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Microglia, Autophagy, alpha-Synuclein, Neuroinflammation.

Fun facts

I did not know what my name really meant until I came to Berlin.

Year

2017

Alexandra Tzilivaki

 Alexandra Tzilivaki

Affiliation

AG Schmitz, Neuroscience Research Center and NeuroCure Cluster of Excellence, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

PhD project

Field of research

Electrophysiological characterisation and connectivity analysis of interneurons in the mouse parasubiculum.

Fun facts

Year

2017

Rafaela Vieira da Silva

 Rafaela Vieira da Silva

Affiliation

Experimental Neuroimmunology, Institute for Medical Immunology, CVK, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Graduate School: International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences.

PhD project
Extracellular Matrix Alterations in Multiple Sclerosis

Field of research

Glycosaminoglycans, MRI/MRE, Multiple

Fun facts

Year

2017

All students of the 2020 cohort will be listed as soon as they are assigned to a lab.

Affiliation

PhD project

Field of research

Fun facts

Year

2020