I am a biologist by training who majored in neurobiology. During my PhD studies, I started exploring the effects of hormonal transition periods on human brain health through neuroimaging. I focused on the linkages between sex hormones, neuroplasticity and mood disorders, such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder, by using the menstrual cycle as a natural model.
In my current role as a postdoctoral researcher in the Imaging Psychosis Research Group, I work in the Ungdoms-TOP study, which investigates the pathophysiological basis of early onset psychosis (EOP) during adolescence, and serve as Co-Chair of the ENIGMA - EOP working group to foster global research collaborations. My postdoctoral portfolio also includes a range of projects particularly related to women’s health, such as exploring the impact of pregnancy, menopause and hormone therapy on brain aging trajectories and depressive phenotypes. My academic interests are driven by the aim to understand how naturally occurring brain dynamics across hormonal transition periods contribute to disease, as this knowledge provides the potential to improve therapeutic approaches and promote mental health.
- Women’s Brain Health
- Psychotic disorders
- Menstrual Cycle
- Sex Hormones
- Hormone Therapy
- PhD in Neuroscience, 2017
University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Germany
- Master of Science Biology, Major Neurobiology & Behavior, 2012
University of Leipzig, Germany
- Bachelor of Science Biology, 2010
Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany