2021: Parental leave and part-time
since 2018: Group leader at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2017-19: Parental leave and part-time
2015-18: Postdoc at the Leipzig Research Centre for Civilization Diseases (LIFE), Leipzig University
2014: Postdoc and group leader at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
2010-13: Dr. rer. nat. Psychology (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin)
2009: Travel around the world
2006-8: Dual-MSc Brain & Mind Sciences (University College London, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, & Paris VI)
2002-6: BSc Cognitive Science (Universität Osnabrück & McGill University Montreal)


I am a group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig in the Department of Neurology (director: Arno Villringer; Mind-Body-Emotion Group and MindBrainBody Institute). From 2015 to 2018, I was also a postdoc at the Leipzig Research Centre for Civilization Diseases (LIFE), Leipzig University (2017-2019 on parental leave and part-time).

From 2010 to 2013, I completed my dissertation on the “physiology of emotional and self-related processing in social anxiety disorder” at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in the Division of Mind and Brain Research at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (CCM) of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin under the supervision of Henrik Walter and Judith Daniels. As a research assistant in the project animal emotionale II, I also investigated the complex symptomatology of patients with depersonalization-derealization disorder from a physiological and a philosophical perspective, for the latter working with Achim Stephan and Jan Slaby. While working with depersonalization-derealization patients, who perceive the real world as unreal, I became interested in how (also artificial or virtual) worlds are perceived as “real” – studying the neurophysiology of immersion and presence.

Before my PhD and my travel around the world, I completed a Dual-MSc in Brain and Mind Sciences at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), and the University College London. During that time, I researched language processes in postlingually deaf/cochlear implanted as well as in functionally recovered stroke patients using fMRI and PET, supervised by Anne-Lise Giraud and Cathy Price, respectively.

Before that, I was a student assistant at the Berlin Neuroimaging Center under the supervision of Isabell Wartenburger, investigating speech processing using combined NIRS and EEG, and I completed a BSc in Cognitive Science at the Universität Osnabrück with a year at McGill University in Montreal.

I was prepared for my academic career at the Leibniz Kolleg Tübingen and the Scheffold Gymnasium Schwäbisch Gmünd.