In my PhD I will focus on the prediction of impulsivity in healthy and clinical subjects using meta-analytically derived networks which provide a more interpretable alternative to the more data-driven whole brain prediction approach. I aim to utilise state-of-the-art machine learning approaches and large publicly available datasets to investigate the relation between behavioural measures of impulsivity and neuroimaging derived phenotypes.
I graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid with a background in Psychology and Neuroscience. I am a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Ute Habel, and my research project will study the intra- and inter-brain underpinnings of aggression, dominance, and conflict using fMRI hyperscanning.
My PhD-project will be focussed on the methodological development and evaluation of the ALE meta-analysis. In recent years the ALE method has grown organically within the Juelich Research Center and it’s going to be my task to properly test and implement the newly developed features and provide a scientific foundation for further usage. Additionally I will port the method from Matlab to Python and maybe even develop a GUI to increase the ease of use for researchers and students alike.
I have a joint-master’s degree in Clinical Linguistics from the University of Groningen, University of Eastern Finland and the University of Potsdam. After graduating, my interest in neuroscience and psychology grew, which led me to pursue a second master’s degree in Psychology from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. In my PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Danilo Bzdok, I investigate complex social variables using a recentlyavailable social brain atlas that provides topographical definitions of 36 brain regions consistentlyimplicated in social and affective processes. Extracted brain volumes will be looked at with data madeavailable through the UK BioBank, one of the largest medical databases currently available. Areas ofspecialized interest are hemispheric asymmetry, gender, age and the combination of changes across thelifespan and major phenotypical aspects with other social variables. These multivariate brain-behaviorassociations will be charted and tested for extrapolation at the population level using Bayesianhierarchical approaches for multilevel modeling of structured variables and generalized additive modelsfor complicated nonlinear relationships. Combining a recently emerged rich data resource and advanceddata analytics, our work may open a new window into the brain basis underlying human socialinteraction.
Hamzah Hamid Baagil
I have a background in experimental and clinical neuroscience (Master from the University of Cologne, Germany). Currently, I am working in the research group of Prof. Reetz at the Department of Neurology RWTH Aachen. My project will focus on understanding the neural mechanisms as well as mediating factors underlying impulse control disorder in Parkinson’s Disease and REM-Sleep Behavior Disorder.
I’m a PhD student from Italy, graduated at the university of Trieste. I have a background in biology and neuroscience and I conducted my master thesis at the department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology at Ghent University, in Belgium. I am interested in Theory of Mind and in the neurobiological basis of human social behaviours. I am part of the group of Prof. Dr. Neuner and my project aims to conduct a multi-modal investigation of the Theory of Mind network and its relations to impulsivity and aggression.
My name is Friederike Seifert and I graduated from RWTH Aachen with a background in neurobiology. I started my PhD in October 2019 in the Department of Chemosensation under supervision of Prof Dr. Marc Spehr. My project deals with the role of receptor proteins in the mouse vomeronasal organ.
In summer 2019 I graduated from Maastricht University with a Research Master in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience. Currently, I am a PhD student within the department of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Kerstin Konrad. My project will focus on understanding the role of the gut-brain interaction in relation to impulsivity in developmental Psychopathology.
Alina Theresa Henn
After obtaining a B.Sc. in both Social Sciences at Cologne University as well as Psychology at Hagen University, I graduated from Osnabrück University with a M.Sc.in Clinical Psychology. In Fall 2019 I joined Prof. Ute Habel´s research group as a PhD student within the IRTG 2150. My research project focuses on the evaluation of the predictive power of different brain networks for behavioral impulsivity in psychiatric disease and health using a data driven as well as an experimental fMRI approach.
I started my undergrad studies in engineering, then for graduate studies, I moved on to Cognitive Neuroscience and did my master’s studies at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), University of Trento. For my master’s project, I visited the university hospital RWTH Aachen, worked on analyzing neuroimaging big-datasets. I then stayed in Aachen and joined Prof. Mathiak’s lab as a PhD student. For my project, we aim to examine the brain networks underlying impulsivity and their modulation using real-time fMRI neurofeedback in healthy and individuals with substance dependence.