People

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Jansen

 

Room: +1/90310

Mail: jansena@med *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65273

 

Office hours:

by appointment

 

 

POSTDOCS

Dr. Miriam Bopp

 

Room: +1/90190

Mail: bauermi@med *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 61725

 

Office hours:

by appointment

  • Introduction of quality assurance procedures according to e.g. temporal stability of MRI systems in longitudinal and multi-centric MRI studies including structural MRI, fMRI and DWI
  • Test-retest reliability (single subject, group level) of multimodal MRI data (MRI, fMRI, DWI)
  • Study specific optimization of image acquisition and image processing protocols such as adaptation of acquisition parameters, development of reliable paradigms for presurgical mapping of cognitive functions and optimization of fiber tractography based on DWI data (DTI and sophisticated approaches)
  • Surgical planning and multimodal navigation in neurosurgery including diffusion imaging and fiber tractography, fMRI, MR-spectroscopy and arterial spin labeling
 

 

 

Dr. Rebecca Zöllner

 

Room: +1/90290

Mail: rzoellne@med *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 63818

 

Office hours:

by appointment

 

My research focus is to investigate different modalities of the human brain with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods. I am investigating different morphological properties (white matter, gray matter) as well as metabolite levels (N-acetylaspartate, Cholin, and Creation), and brain function with special focus on emotion processing. One of the main objectives is to quantify specific pathological alterations on multimodal levels related to schizophrenia and unipolar depression. The replication of these findings in independent samples will also be addressed.

I am further interested in investigating:

  • different influencing factors which may impact the robustness of structural and functional MRI data
  • Test-Retest reliability of MRI data especially with regards to functional paradigms
  • Effects of brain stimulation (e.g. rTMS, ECT) on brain structure and function.
  • Quality assurrance (QA) in neuroscience

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS/PhD CAND.

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Peer Herholz

 

Room: +1/90181

Mail: herholz@staff *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 63913

 

Office hours:

during semester: Tuesday 2 - 3 p.m & by appointment

semester break: by appointment

My research addresses the lateralization of cognitive functions, as well as the domain specificity of cortical areas and networks, with a focus on the neurocognition of music. In particular, I’m investigating cortical representations of music applying multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA), mainly representational similarity analysis (RSA), to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. Especially, I’m interested in the influence of cognitive development & music preference, neuronal plasticity (musicians vs. non-musicians) and neuroendocrinology (effect of endogenous & exogenous neuroactive steroids, e.g. estradiol & progesterone).

 

Roman Keßler

 

Room: +2/90141

Mail: kesslerr@med *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 67049

 

Office hours:

by appointment

curriculum vitae

current projects:

 

  • emotion regulation via prefrontal cortex in major depression, interaktion with medication, genetic and environmental risk factors
  • Dynamic Causal Models in the extended system of face perception, focus on amygdala
  • test-retest reliability of emotive fMRI paradigms
    • hemispheric interaction in illusionary motion perception
  • frequency dependent properties of early visuell evoked potentials (VEPs)

  • 3D modeling

 

Verena Schuster

 

Room: +1/90180

Mail: verena.schuster@med*

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

 

Office hours:

by appointment

My research focuses on the underlying principles of the human brain’s lateralization of cognitive functions e.g. language and face-perception) and their investigation using different imaging methods of MRI. Here I am mostly interested in understanding how lateralization is influenced by different factors and how reliable these results are. Currently, I am highly interested in the factor neuroendocrinology, especially the influence of hormones on brain structure, function and connectivity and I am really lucky to work on a project, which investigates the influence of female sex hormones on brain organisation and which consequences the intake of oral contraceptives have on this sensitive structure. Therefor we use a variety of methodology, using structural and functional approaches.

 

Ina Thome

Room: +1/90180

Mail: ina.thome@staff *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

I'm currently studying the Masters program Cognitive and Integrative Systems Neuroscience. My main research interest lies in the interaction of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms in face perception. In my Bachelor Thesis in biomedical science I investigated, by means of an fMRI study, how the prefrontal cortex might influence face perception in a top-down manner. The results indicate a strong participation of the left hemisphere as an integrator of top-down and bottom-up inputs into the face perception network. Hence, my further research goal is to explore the specific role of the left hemisphere in face perception. This is particularly fascinating, as previous research on face perception has mainly focused on the right hemisphere.  

 

Christoph Vogelbacher

 

Room: +1/90181

Mail: vogelbac@staff *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 63913

 

Office hours:

during the semester: Wednesday 2 - 3 p.m. & by appointment

semester break: by appointment

My focus is divided into two parts. The first part is to setup and introduce quality assurance procedures for MRI systems. I’m interested in developing a fully automatic analysis and rating system for quality assurance. The second part is the integration of computer science into medicine, like data transfers in a multicenter projects taking, especially account of data security.

 

Kristin Marie Zimmermann

 

Room: +2/90141

Mail: kristin.zimmermann@med *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 67049

 

Office hours:

by appointment

In my studies I investigate neural networks of face processing, particularly with regard to emotionally and socially relevant aspects. As a peculiarity in this research field, I do not consider one hemisphere in isolation, but rather examine the interplay of involved regions within the entire brain, e.g. including the transfer of information across hemispheres. Further, I use these networks as a basis for the discovery of organizational alterations associated with social and emotional dysfunctions in various disorders and constructs, such as autism, alexithymia and chronic pain.

STUDENTS (Bachelor / Master) / STUDENT ASSISTANTS

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Paula Albert i Gracenea

Raum: +1/90180

Mail: albertgr@students *

Ich studiere Medizin im dritten klinischen Jahr an der Philipps-Universität Marburg. Ich promoviere im Bereich der Neurowissenschaften in einer fMRT-Studie. Ziel ist es die individuelle Variabilität in der Aktivität des Gehirns bei Gesichtserkennung untersuchen.

 

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Robert Arent

 

Room: +1/90180

Mail: arent@students *

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

In the course of my Masters programm of Cognitiv Neuroscience so far I have been investigating in the process of detecting the identity via face motions. I was severely interested in the functionial correlates that perform this task. Currently I am focussing my study on the comparison of different procedures to determine functional units in the brain.

 

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Max Lückel

Raum: +1/90180

Mail: lueckelm@students *

Tel: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

I am a student in the master program for cognitive and integrative systems neuroscience. My thesis deals with dynamic causal models for resting state fMRI (spectral DCMs, spDCMs). More specifically, I will investigate the usefulness of such models as potential biomarkers for different mental (especially affective) disorders. This particularly involves the diagnostic classification of patients with respective disorders. In addition, I will look into the reliability of spDCMs in the first place.

 

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Kirsten Schmidt

Raum: +1/90180

Mail: Schmid9v@students *

Tel: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

Im Zuge meiner Masterarbeit beschäftige ich mich mit Alexithymie, also der eingeschränkten Fähigkeit mancher Menschen, emotionale Zustände bei sich und anderen wahrzunehmen, zu identifizieren und zu verbalisieren. Ziel unseres Projektes ist es, den Einfluss von Alexithymie auf den intra- und interhemisphärischen Informationstansfer bei der Verarbeitung emotionaler Gesichter  zu untersuchen. Mithilfe von fMRT und Netzwerkanalysen sollen alexithymiebedingte Unterschiede neuronaler Prozesse bei der gesichtsvermittelten Emotionsverarbeitung sowie bei der Perspektivübernahme beschrieben und charakterisiert werden. Im Fokus steht dabei die Überprüfung interhemisphärischer Verbindungen, die sich auf die Annahme stützt, das Alexithymie aus einer gestörten interhemisphärischen Kommunikation resultiert. Des Weiteren soll eine Untersuchung der mit Theory of Mind Prozessen assoziierten Areale Aufschluss über die Informationsweiterleitung bei Mentalisierungsaufgaben geben und potentielle alexithymiespezifische Defizite im Transfer zwischen Gesichterregionen und erweiterten Arealen aufdecken.

 

Mirjam Schneider

Raum: +1/90181

Mail: Schnei76@students *

Tel: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 63913

For my master thesis in cognitive and integrative systems neuroscience, I am currently investigating the neuronal processing of different music genres. My work focuses on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fmri) and representational similarity analysis (rsa) to uncover the neural correlates of music genre perception. In this context, the influence of music preference and musical training on the precision of neuronal music processing is of particular interest.

 

Chantal Schröder

 

Room: +1/90180

Mail: schroe43@students*

Phone: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65076

Im a fifth-year medical student at Philipps University Marburg wiriting my MD thesis in the field of neuoimaging. My thesis is part of a fMRT-study addressing the impact of female sexual hormones on brain structure and function. My work focuses on structural changes related to oral contraceptives.

 

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Sabine Seefried

Raum: +1/90190

Mail: seefried@students*>;

Tel: +49 (0)6421 / 58 - 65204

I am a Master student (Cognitive and Integrative Systems Neuroscience) with a focus on fMRI and so far I have been doing an internship on how to down-regulate amygdala activity using real-time fMRT neurofeedback. I also did another fMRT internship in the field of neurosurgery, where it was about the establishment of different language paradigms and the individual situation of language areas.
In my master's thesis, I will conduct an fMRI study on the emotional-psychological question of how action units (individual movement units of the mimic muscles) are represented in the processing of facial expressions on a neuronal basis in the brain. In this case, in particular with the help of machine learning in a replication study, the consistent and differentiable processing of individual action units is to be shown and, moreover, to what extent individual mimic movement units can code a specific emotion.

 

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Rebekka Terhorst

Raum: +1/90181

Mail: terhorsr@students *

I'm currently studying medicine in my final year. For my doctoral thesis I want to investigate the interaction of stress an music on a neuronal, biochemical and electrophysiological basis. My dissertation will be an fMRI study examining the influence of listening to music on stress and stressreduction focussing on the neuronal correlates this interaction is based on. My emphasis will be to compare music and other stimuli on their stressreducing influence and to better understand the neuronal interaction lying behind this processes.

 

ALUMNI

 

Julia Abele (Bachelor thesis 2011)
Dr. rer. nat. Bianca Backasch (PhD thesis 2013)
Dr. med. Johannes Bedenbender (MD thesis 2016)
Dr. med. David Brandt (MD thesis 2013) - aktuell postdoc @ Social Neuroscience Lab | SNL, Universität Lübeck
Susanne Dyck (Bachelor thesis 2015)

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Frässle (PhD thesis 2016) - aktuell postdoc @ Translational Neuromodelling Unit, ETH & Universität Zürich

Julia Freigang (Bachelor thesis 2017)

Zeinab Helili (Master thesis 2015)
Dr. med. Björn Hermann (MD thesis 2015)
Dr. med. Elisabeth Hess (MD thesis 2015)

Verena Krüger (Bachelor thesis 2016)

Steven Landow (Master thesis 2016)
Dr. med. Miriam Mette (MD thesis 2014)
Stephanie Müller (Bachelor thesis 2011)
Dr. rer. nat. Frieder Paulus (PhD thesis 2012) - aktuell postdoc @ Social Neuroscience Lab | SNL, Universität Lübeck
Ann-Sopie Stratil (Bachelor thesis 2014)

Anna Rysop (Master thesis 2017)
Dr. med. Catherine Thiel (MD thesis 2015) - aktuell postdoc @ Institut für Psychologie / Abteilung Klinische Psychologie und Psychiatrie, Universität Bern

Carolin Wagener (Master thesis 2016) - aktuell PhD candidate @ Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und Systemneurowissenschaften

Miriam Wellmann (Master thesis 2016)

Dr. Kim Wende (Postdoc)

Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Westermann

 

 

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