Skills

In no particular order

R

Statistics

Lecturer

Certified data carpentries instructor

Project Management

trained in planning, coordinating and running multimodal research projects including MRI and PET

Neuroimaging

Structural, especially diffusion MRI (FSL,Freesurfer) & Task-based MRI (SPM)

Wet Lab

PCR, RT-PCR, q-PCR, primer design, DNA and RNA isolation/analysis, single-cell PatchClamp

Photography

beloved hobby

Wildlife & Water

beloved hobby

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo

Jan 2018 – Present Oslo, Norway

Study populations

  • Adolescent early-onset psychosis patients
  • Adult first-episode and chronic patients on the schizophrenia-bipolar spectrum
  • Adolescent and adult healthy individuals

Data sets

  • Human Brain Informatics (HUBIN) study, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Karolinska Schizophrenia Project (KASP), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Stockholm Child and Adolescent Psychosis Study (SCAPS), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Thematically organised psychosis (TOP) study, adolescent and adult patients, NORMENT, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • UK biobank

Ongoing international collaborations

  • Ann-Marie G. de Lange, Department of Psychiatry & Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford, UK, Project: Exploring endogenous and exogenous hormonal exposure and women’s brain health using UK biobank data.
  • Carolin Lewis, Aiste Seibokaite & Birgit Derntl, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Tuebingen, Germany, Project (Review Article): Influence of sex steroids on neurotransmitter systems in decision-making: contribution to sexual dimorphisms in psychiatric disorders.
  • Co-Chair ENIGMA Early-Onset Psychosis Working Group, Collaboration with Sinead Kelly, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, Project: Identifying white matter microstructural differences in early-onset psychosis.

 
 
 
 
 

Academic employee

University of Leipzig, Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB)

Nov 2017 – Dec 2017 Leipzig, Germany
Responsibilities include:

  • MRI scanning
  • Handling of participants

 
 
 
 
 

Doctoral Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Neurology, EGG-Lab

Oct 2013 – Sep 2017 Leipzig, Germany
Responsibilities include:

  • project management
  • maintaining collaborations with study partnes (e.g. Interactions with local Startup VivoSensMedical GmbH for use of OvulaRing for study purposes)
  • recruitment and day-to-day supervision of research assistents and interns
  • study subject recruitment
  • conducting screening-visits
  • obtaining neuropsychological data
  • imaging data acquisition (MRI-licence, SIEMENS systems)
  • preprocessing and statistical analysis of those datasets

Awards

OSSD Travel Award

Abstract Estrogen and women’s brain aging: evidence for an optimal estrogen exposure hypothesis

Poster Award

Poster title Exploring the impact of iatrogenic factors on global brain changes in chronic schizophrenia – a 13-years follow-up.

Dissertation Award

Thesis Exploring structural and functional brain dynamics across the menstrual cycle

OSSD Travel Award

Abstract Why sex hormones matter for neural phenotyping.

Publications

Women are at significantly greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and show higher prevalence of autoimmune conditions relative …

Women and men exhibit differences in behavior when making value-based decisions. Various hypotheses have been proposed to explain these …

Sex hormones such as estrogen fluctuate across the female lifespan, with high levels during re-productive years and natural decline …

White matter alterations are well-established in adult patients with psychosis. Yet less is known about alterations in early onset …

Sex hormones fluctuate during the menstrual cycle. Evidence from animal studies suggests similar subtle fluctuations in hippocampal …

The growing interest in intrinsic brain organization has sparked various innovative approaches to generating comprehensive …

Sex hormones have been implicated in neurite outgrowth, synaptogenesis, dendritic branching, myelination and other important mechanisms …