Skills

In no particular order

R

Statistics

Lecturer

Certified software 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 Researcher

Department of Psychiatric Research, Diakonhjemmet Hospital

Dec 2020 – Present Oslo, Norway
Study Populations & Collaborations see below
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Jan 2018 – Dec 2020 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

International collaborations

  • Ann-Marie G. de Lange, FemiLab, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, CHUV - Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (https://www.unil.ch/lren/home/menuinst/teams-science/femilab---womens-brain-health.html)
  • Birgit Derntl Lab, 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, 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

Women’s Brain Health Young Investigator Award

Abstract Women’s brain aging: effects of sex-hormone exposure, pregnancies, and genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease

ECNP 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

*both authors contributed equally

Background: Abnormalities in amygdala volume are well-established in schizophrenia and commonly reported in bipolar disorders. However, …

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

Maternal brain adaptations occur in response to pregnancy, but little is known about how parity impacts white matter (WM) …

Early‐onset psychosis disorders are serious mental disorders arising before the age of 18 years. Here, we investigate the largest …

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

Background: Uncertainty exists about what causes brain structure alterations associated with schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder …

Pregnancy involves maternal brain adaptations, but little is known about how parity influences women’s brain aging trajectories …

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

White matter abnormalities are well-established in adult patients with psychosis. Less is known about abnormalities in the rarely …

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 …