PhD Fellows

María Alcobendas Liern
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurology, Cognitive Neurology Lab

PhD project

Contextual Modulation of Spatial Memory Consolidation

Field of research

Navigation, memory consolidation, hippocampus, cognitive neuroscience, EEG, iEEG, behavior.

Fun facts

I would like to be a rockstar

Intake
2022
Ioanna Alicia Amaya
Affiliation

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology

PhD project

Perceptual Processing During Altered States of Consciousness

Field of research

Using flicker light stimulation to induce transient visual hallucinatory phenomena in healthy participants, I analyse resting state fMRI data to investigate the effects of flicker rhythmicity and frequency on thalamocortical and corticocortical dysconnectivity patterns.

Fun facts

Flower arranging and ashtanga yoga at oh god o’ clock (very early) are my cherished antidotes to PhD stress.

Intake
2020
Bilge Askin
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

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.

Intake
2019
John Carl Begley
Affiliation

Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE); Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Integrative Neuroanatomy

Field of research

Developing high throughput screenings for screening potential synaptogenic and antisynaptogenic compounds.

Fun facts

I can juggle anything except my multiple research projects.

Intake
2020
Clémence Bergerot
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Biology, Romanczuk Lab

PhD project

Influence of Cognitive Biases on Collective Adaptation to Changing Environments

Field of research

My research lies at the interface between computational neuroscience and complex systems science, while borrowing concepts from other fields, such as game theory and experimental psychology. I use multi-agent reinforcement learning to investigate collective adaptation to change, when individuals exhibit biased decision-making.

Fun facts

Although I study decision-making, I am quite bad at making decisions.

Intake
2021
Caroline Beyer
Affiliation

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), Gouti Lab (Stem Cell Modeling of Development and Disease)

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.

Intake
2019
Ikhwan Bin Khalid
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for Theoretical Biology

PhD project

Elucidating the Role of Grid Cells in Alzheimer's Disease: A Network Model of Entorhinal-Hippocampus Interactions and Pathological Disruptions

Field of research

I aim to use analytical and numerical models to uncover the functional role of grid cells, and to link their dysfunction to behavioral deficits seen in medial temporal lobe pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Fun facts

I once taught myself to carve violin bridges, at the cost of nicking my fingers a few times. It just goes to show that violins is never the answer.

Intake
2022
Thomas Samuel Binns
Affiliation

Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Department of Computational Neurology

PhD project

Parkinson’s Disease: Invasive Investigations of Connectivity-Based Biomarkers for Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation

Field of research

I am investigating the interaction between the cortex and basal ganglia using electrocorticography and local field potential recordings from Parkinson’s disease patients having undergone surgery for deep brain stimulation (DBS). This will inform our understanding of the mechanisms of DBS and dopaminergic agents in Parkinson’s, as well as highlight potential biomarkers for next-generation DBS treatments.

Fun facts

I am the proud owner of an authentic Black Watch military kilt which I never pass up the opportunity to wear. The only question is: am I a true Scotsman?

Intake
2021
Tony Carricarte
Affiliation

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology, Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group

PhD project

Laminar Communication in the Human Ventral Visual Cortex During Veridical and Intrinsically-Driven Perceptual Experiences

Field of research

Object perception, visual cognition, object recognition, computational neuroscience, face perception, scene perception, ultra-high field MRI.

Intake
2019
Simone Ciceri
Affiliation

Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin

Field of research

I am a theoretical physicist, recently migrated to neuroscience. I am specialised in many-body physics, complex systems and emergent behaviours, and I am interested in the application of these frameworks to neural systems.

Intake
2023
Stefania Cionca
Affiliation

German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIFE), Department of Neuroscience of Decision and Nutrition

PhD project

Disturbances in Body Image and the Role of Interoception

Field of research

Body image, body ownership, interoception, virtual reality and eating disorders. The main aim of my research is to better understand body image disturbances in eating disorders and to investigate the interaction between body ownership and interoception. In my research I use virtual reality technology to investigate ways to reduce body image disturbances.

Fun facts

I’ve been known for badly singing Evanescence in inappropriate situations, when I don’t realize that I am unmuted.

Intake
2020
Carlotta Dörfler
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine

PhD project

Female Orgasmic Dysfunction

Field of research

The working group Female Desire deals with the foundations of female sexuality from a biopsychosocial perspective. We aim to promote women's sexual health by working on the development of new diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive approaches.

Fun facts

Trying to come up with an answer for prompts like this always induces an existential crisis for me.

Intake
2021
Melina Engelhardt
Affiliation

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

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.

Intake
2018
Aimee Arely Flores Sandoval
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurology,

PhD project

rTMS for Enhancing Brain Computer Interface-Induced Plasticity in Stroke: A Crossover Design

Field of research

Clinical neuroscience, brain stimulation, brain-computer interface, EEG, MRI.

Fun facts

After studying motor function, I go to dance lessons to learn something new.

Intake
2021
Carina Forster
Affiliation

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Neurology Department, Somatosensory Group

PhD project

Somatosensation, Perception and Decision Making With a Focus on Subliminal Stimuli and Metacognition

Field of research

Clinical psychology and neurology, computational neuroscience, psychophysics.

Fun facts

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

Intake
2019
Sophie Fromm
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, AG Learning and Cognition

PhD project

Neurobiological and Behavioral Substrates of Decision Making 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.

Intake
2019
Elisa Lilly Garulli
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Exprimental Neurology

PhD project

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Motor Restoration in Parkinson’s

Field of research

I am establishing a closed-loop stimulation paradigm for amelioration of Parkinson’s symptoms. Moreover I am developing few software pipelines for analyzing neural and kinematics data.

Fun facts

I built a glitter bomb embedded in a toy-dog; I like to sketch small drawings of funny things people say.

Intake
2022
Alessandro Thomas Gifford
Affiliation

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology, Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group

PhD project

Computational Modeling of Vision-Related Neuroimaging Data

Field of research

Computational cognitive visual neuroscience, M/EEG, fMRI, deep learning, human visual object recognition.

Fun facts

Not sure it is fun, but I’m into playing Frisbee, arthouse movies and mountains.

Intake
2020
Natalie Gloveli
Affiliation

Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin, Research Group of Michael Brecht

Field of research

Neural correlates of play behavior in rodents.

Intake
2020
Gisela Govaart
Affiliation

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Neuropsychology

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.

Intake
2018
James Gowman
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Plested Lab

PhD project

Electrophysiological Investigation of Ampa Receptor Auxiliary Proteins

Field of research

TARPs (Transmembrane AMPAR Regulatory Proteins) are a family of auxiliary proteins which modulate many aspects of AMPA receptor physiology. I use patch-clamp recording to examine how they alter ion channel pharmacology and are regulated by phosphorylation.

Fun facts

Breakfast is the least important meal of the day.

Intake
2019
Eugenio Graceffo
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Pediatrics with a focus on Neurology, AG Schülke Group

PhD project

Thra Deficiency and Allan-Herndon-Dudley-Syndrome: Defects of Local Thyroid Hormone Function During Human Brain Development

Field of research

The main goal of the PhD project is to characterize, by means of molecular and bioinformatic tools, the epigenomic landscape that regulates the timely and spatial expression and splicing of SLC16A2 and THRA, the 2 main genes involved in the developmental diseases Allan Herndon Dudley Syndrome (AHDS) and Thyroid Hormone Receptor Alpha deficiency (THRA-deficiency) respectively.

Fun facts

When I´m not hopping around the lab, I´m doing artistic gymnastics. Also, my favorite dish is pasta (yes, I am Italian indeed).

Intake
2020
Greta Häberle
Affiliation

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology, Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group

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.

Intake
2018
Amy Halbing
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Medical Psychology

Field of research

My research will center on the relationship between childhood maltreatment, diurnal cortisol patterns in pregnancy, and immune cell profiles in mid-gestation with a focus on how these combined factors contribute to the intergenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment.

Fun facts

I keep a spreadsheet of all the concerts I’ve ever been to. I brew my own kombucha. I used to compete on a snowboard racing team.

Intake
2020
Lois Hew
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Experimental Neurology

PhD project

Human Schwann Cell Myelinated Sensory and Motor Neuron Co-cultures as Disease Models of Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathies

Field of research

I work with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and we differentiate them into peripheral sensory neurons (iPSC-DSN) to model chemotherapy-induced polyneuropathy. Expanding on this model, we will differentiate iPSCs to Schwann cells and to motor neurons, to study inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathies (IDP) such as chronic IDP, Guillain-Barré syndrome, immune checkpoint inhibitor-related neuropathies and paraneoplastic neuropathies.

Fun facts

I like pandas!

Intake
2021
Barbara Hollunder
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Larkum Lab

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.

Intake
2019
Agnessa Karapetian
Affiliation

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Education and Psychology, Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group

PhD project

Scene Processing in Biological and Artificial Networks

Field of research

Vision neuroscience, cognitive computational neuroscience.

Intake
2020
Sedef Karayel
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

PhD project

Neural Mechanisms of Perceptual Decision Making in Mice

Field of research

My project is focused on the role of projections between frontal and parietal brain regions in the decision making mechanisms.

Intake
2021
Joram Keijser
Affiliation

Technische Universität Berlin, Sprekeler Lab

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.

Intake
2017
Majed Kikhia
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Experimental Neurology

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!

Intake
2018
Linda Engefu Kokwaro
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Division of Translation and Neurotechnology

PhD project

Assessment of Digital Health Literacy and Digital Health Service Utilization Among People Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder in Germany

Field of research

Digital psychiatry, how do people diagnosed with bipolar disorder interact with/within the ever-evolving realm of digital health?

Fun facts

I have lived in a town that is exactly on the equator at 0° & love talking longitudes and latitudes, plus everything Geography.

Intake
2019
Laura Krumm
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Computational Neurology

PhD project

Monitoring and predicting brain states in unresponsive patients with machine learning-based approaches in the ICU

Field of research

Computational neuroscience, consciousness, machine learning, translational, EEG.

Intake
2021
Victor Kumbol
Affiliation

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

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.

Intake
2019
Ivanna Kupryianchyk
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Shoichet Lab

Field of research

I am working on Syngap1 mutation using cerebral organoids as a model. I work in the field of molecular/cellular neuroscience.

Fun facts

I usually read many different books at the same time

Intake
2022
Robert Tjarko Lange
Affiliation

Technische Universität Berlin, Sprekeler Lab

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

Intake
2018
Hung Lo
Affiliation

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

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.

Intake
2017
Eric Moura Lonergan
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Biology, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

Field of research

I am applying methods from computational psychiatry to understand the neural mechanisms of hallucinations induced by serotonergic psychedelics.

Fun facts

I’m fascinated by plant biochemistry and am working on a database detailing the pharmacology of compounds from more than 400 herbs.

Intake
2021
Smilla Maierhof
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Clinic for Neurology with Experimental Neurology

PhD project

Modeling Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathies in iPSC-Derived Sensory Neurons

Field of research

My fields of research are experimental neurology, neurotoxicology, stem cell research and the peripheral nervous system. I investigate the molecular signaling cascades of sensory neurons in response to chemotherapeutic treatment and am eager to elucidate novel potential therapeutic targets for this burdensome disease.

Fun facts

Among my favorite hobbies are oversharing of personal information and very optimistic time planning. My colleges know minutes before I enter the office I’m there since my high-pitched laugh is audible as soon as I arrive on campus.

Intake
2022
Stefano Masserini
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute for Theoretical Biology

PhD project

An Investigation of the Effects of Principal-Cell Heterogeneity in Network Models of SPW-Rs

Field of research

The rhythms of the brain often emerge from timely interactions between functionally and morphologically distinct neural populations. These interactions can be described by mathematical models and understood through the theory of dynamical systems. In my research, I extend classic models of Sharp Wave-Ripples to include recent and ongoing discoveries on cell-type heterogeneity and study their effects on the network dynamics. These waves originate in the hippocampus and are crucial for memory consolidation.

Fun facts

I have a name in Esperanto (Garlando), I like to write poems for important occasions, and, when I make friends from different countries, I try to learn a bit of their language and to cook some dishes from their cuisine.

Intake
2022
Stefanie Mayer
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Centre for Stroke Research, Experimental Neurology

PhD project

Post Stroke Pial Collateral Remodeling and Neuronal Plasticity in Motor Recovery

Field of research

Collateral circulation refers to the cerebral blood flow of artery-to-artery anastomotic vessels that may act as endogenous circumventers during large vessel occlusion. Collateral remodeling is a major determining factor of stroke outcome as patients with good collateral circulation have better prognoses and benefit greatly from reperfusion. Factors that give rise to differences in individual collateral circulatory systems are not well understood, nor is the correlation between post-stroke collateral remodeling and post-stroke neural rewiring. Therefore, this project aims to answer the questions: how and why does collateral remodeling differ so vastly between individuals, and how are these differences linked to functional readouts.

Fun facts

I was named after my mum’s favourite tennis star, but now people tend to notice more the similarities I share with the author of Twilight.

Intake
2021
Hugo McGurran
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Cell and Neurobiology, Neurodegeneration and Neuroimmunology Research Group

PhD project

Understanding microRNAs as Signalling Molecules and Modulators of Neurodegeneration

Field of research

I am researching the role of microRNAs within the context of neurodegeneration, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease. These molecules may be novel regulators of inflammatory processes in the disease and provide the opportunity for therapeutic and biomarker discovery for Alzheimer’s.

Intake
2020
Verjinia Metodieva
Affiliation

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

PhD project

Homeostatic Plasticity in Cortical Human Pyramidal Neurons

Field of research

Multipatch electrophysiology, targeted repatching, some coding.

Intake
2022
Mariia Mikhailenko
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurology and Experimental Neurology

PhD project

Investigating Periodic and Aperiodic Cortico-Subthalamic Coupling With Time-Resolved Spectral Parametrization in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease

Field of research

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, with the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the basal ganglia being one of the main pathologies of the disease. Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus had revealed pathological synchronization of the neural activity in the basal ganglia, within the frequency range of 8-35 Hz. However, both, the mechanism of the this synchronization remains unknown. My research focuses on investigating these fundamental mechanisms through time-resolved spectral parametrization of the brain activity and the resulting couplings of the periodic and aperiodic spectral features.

Fun facts

Not sure if it’s fun, but I used to run a one-person vegan-bakery business during my Master's.

Intake
2021
Sara Moberg
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Larkum Lab

PhD project

Learning-Related Plasticity in Layer 1 Apical Dendrites

Field of research

Neuronal circuitry, animal behavior, calcium imaging, apical dendrites.

Intake
2018
Nir Moneta
Affiliation

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

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!

Intake
2019
Milena Philomena Maria Musial
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Research Group Learning and Cognition

PhD project

Reward Processing and Reinforcement Learning in Alcohol Use Disorder and Major Depression

Field of research

My research falls into the field of computational psychiatry: I aim to capture reward learning and decision making in psychiatric disorders by means of computational parameters and to link them to their neurobiological correlates.

Fun facts

Staying up late or getting enough sleep – struggle of my life.

Intake
2021
Nelson Niemeyer
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Theoretical Biology, Computational Neurophysiology Group

PhD project

Pattern Generation in Noisy Neural Systems

Field of research

Biophysical neuron models, central pattern generators.

Intake
2018
Fiona O’Donovan
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Medical Psychology

PhD project

Maternal Cortisol Concentrations During Pregnancy and Infant White Matter Microstructure

Field of research

Diffusion tensor imaging, human brain development, stress.

Fun facts

I have a kombucha factory in my kitchen. Just ask me if you’d like some. I’d be very happy to free up some space.

Intake
2019
Daniela Palleschi
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of German Language and Linguistics

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.

Intake
2017
João Pedro Parreira Rodrigues
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

Field of research

My main interests lie in the neurobiology of consciousness and thought, which I plan to investigate in humans and rodents. I intend to approach consciousness from an experimental structuralist standpoint, behaviorally assessing the qualia space in different sensory modalities and using it as a map to find the neural mechanisms behind consciousness.

Fun facts

You need to use your nose to pronounce my name properly.

Intake
2022
Elisa Pedersen
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institute of Cell Biology and Neurobiology

PhD project

Molecular Determinants of Neocortical Development

Field of research

We are interested in identifying the mechanisms that regulate the normal timing, extent and final maturation of the dendritic tree during formation of the mammalian neocortex. Furthermore, we also investigate how defects in these mechanisms contribute to the development of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Fun facts

In my free time I really like to swim, and I once swan across a 1 km fjord for fun.

Intake
2021
Ines Pont Sanchis
Affiliation

Max Planck Institute for Human Development

PhD project

Representational Dynamics During Working Memory in Schizophrenia

Field of research

Application of dynamical systems theory and state space mappings to representational dynamics in working memory. In particular how these help us understand the cognitive deficits underpinning Schizophrenia.

Intake
2022
Yannes Popp
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, RG Optobiology

PhD project

Unveiling Axonal Maturation and Unconventional Roles of Lysosomes and Autophagosomes; Understanding the Mechanism of Microtubule Acetylation

Field of research

My research is focused on the autophagosomal-lysosomal system and unconventional roles of these organelles like exocytosis. Specialized culturing vessels called microfluidic devices are used to separate and study neuronal compartments by live-cell imaging, immunocytochemistry, mass spectrometry and biochemical methods. I am also investigating the microtubule post-translational modification acetylation and the mechanism of the acetylating enzyme αTAT1 to recognize and enter the microtubule lumen.

Fun facts

I grew up on a small island.

Intake
2022
Kathrin Radscheit
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Medical Psychology

Field of research

My research is focused on human domesticated DNA transposons.

Intake
2017
Kazi Atikur Rahman
Affiliation

German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Synaptopathy

PhD project

Role of Pre-synaptic Autophagy in Clearance of Pathogenic Alpha-Synuclein Aggregates and 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.

Intake
2017
Johannes H. Reilly
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurosurgery; International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences

Field of research

Tractography, functional neurosurgery.

Intake
2022
Lara Ryan
Affiliation

German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), Department of Decision Neuroscience and Nutrition

PhD project

Circadian Rhythms, Mealtime and Their Influence on Decision-Making

Field of research

My research investigates circadian rhythms and human decision-making. Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between food intake, circadian rhythms and cognition.

Intake
2020
Ilkem Aysu Sahin
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Network Stimulation Laboratory (NetStim)

PhD project

Unraveling Diseases of the Human Connectome Through Deep Brain Stimulation

Field of research

Connectomics, deep brain stimulation, fiber filtering, movement disorders, Tourette’s syndrome.

Fun facts

I once had to spend 8 hours alone without phone connection in the middle of a mountain range in winter

Intake
2021
Hannah Schultheiss
Affiliation

Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin

Intake
2023
Emin Serin
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

PhD project

Predicting Psychiatric Disorders Using Machine Learning and Normative Modelling

Field of research

Computational psychiatry, MRI, machine learning.

Fun facts

I live in an endless loop of re-learning and forgetting mathematical notations and performance metrics.

Intake
2020
Kirsten Stark
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Psychology, Neurocognitive Psychology

PhD project

Why Not Only the Nose Is Getting Longer: Behavioral and Neurocognitive Investigations on Speech Production During Lying

Field of research

Language, speech production, social interaction, emotion perception, EEG, cognitive neuroscience.

Fun facts

I used to speak Nicaraguan sign language.

Intake
2020
Jan Stasinski
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology, Brain Stimulation Section

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.

Intake
2018
Siqi Sun
Affiliation

Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Research Group Synapse Biology

PhD project

Elucidating the Nanoarchitecture of the Presynaptic Proteome

Field of research

Molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission, proximity labeling, presynaptic functions.

Fun facts

I am a part-time linguist and German teacher.

Intake
2022
Alexandra Tzilivaki
Affiliation

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

Field of research

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

Intake
2017
Grace Viljoen
Affiliation

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Research Group Recreational Drugs

PhD project

Psychedelic Drugs for the Treatment of Substance-Use Disorder

Field of research

Classic hallucinogens, atypical hallucinogens, psychiatric disorders, clinical neuroscience, meta-analysis, questionnaire.

Fun facts

I come from the most isolated city in the world (Perth). I've been asked by multiple neuroscientists if my twin brother and I are identical :')

Intake
2021
Lilly von Kalckreuth
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Biology, Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin

PhD project

The functional role of prefrontal cortex serotonin for value-based decision-making and time valuation on a behavioral and neural level in rats

Field of research

Applying computational models to understand intelligent decision-making on a behavioral systems and a neurophysiological circuit level in animals. Incorporate dopamine and serotonin sensors to elucidate the role of these neuromodulators in decision-making, as well as their contribution to related behavior in models of psychiatric conditions.

Fun facts

I collect swords and hang them up in my apartment.

Intake
2021
Lara Wieland
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, AG Learning and Cognition

PhD project

Reinforcement Learning in Schizophrenia

Field of research

Computational psychiatry

Intake
2018
Jiameng Wu
Affiliation

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Larkum Lab

PhD project

Psychedelics and Neuronal Circuits

Field of research

I am interested in neuronal and circuit mechanisms underlying psychedelic actions with a particular emphasis on dendro-somatic processing in cortical layer 5b pyramidal neurons and the circuit involving layer 6b and higher-order thalamus.

Intake
2019
Selina Yogeshwar
Affiliation

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Neurology, Cognitive Neurology Lab Berlin

PhD project

Auto-Immune Driven Progressive CNS Atrophy in Anti-IgLON5 Disease: From Genetics to Neurodegeneration

Field of research

Brain atrophy, MRI, HLA-conferred risk, mechanisms of autoimmunity.

Fun facts

A crocodile was once named after me.

Intake
2020

Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.

Postal Address

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin
Charitéplatz 1
D-10117 Berlin

Campus Address

Charité Campus Mitte
Neuroscience Research Center
Hufelandweg 14
Level 01, room 020

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