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    Research Training Group 2660: Approach-Avoidance

    PhD Students

    PhD Researchers

    César Redondo

    PhD Project A1
    Institute of Clinical Neurobiology
    University clinic
    Versbacher Str. 5
    97078 Würzburg
    Gebäude: E4
    Raum: 1.05

    César Redondo is a PhD researcher in project A1, under the supervision of Prof. Tovote. Before moving to Würzburg he studied Biomedicine and Neuroscience, researching topics such as anatomy, memory and Alzheimer's disease. During his PhD he is going to work on the implementation of Neurofeedback in anxiety mice models. This technique, already used in humans, is based on the volitional modulation of the own subject brain activity by themselves. This research will grant a deeper knowledge on a different approach to treat anxiety and fear disorders in human patients.
    Outside, and also inside the lab, he is a big nerd and a coffee lover.

    Eva Masson

    PhD Project A2
    Intervention Psychology
    Department of Psychology
    University of Würzburg
    Marcusstr. 9-11
    97070 Würzburg
    Deutschland

    Eva Masson does her PhD in Prof. Kübler's group (A2).

    Maria Pfeiffer

    PhD Project A2
    Intervention Psychology
    Department of Psychology
    University of Würzburg
    Marcusstr. 9-11
    97070 Würzburg
    Deutschland

    Maria Pfeiffer is a PhD Student in Prof. Küblers Project A2.
    She is working on a Neurofeedback paradigm relying on EEG correlates of approach-avoidance conflict and resolution. The goal will be the upregulation of behavioral activation and the decrease of fear reactions. Previously she did her Bachelor in Magdeburg in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Cognition and the Translational Neuroscience Master in Würzburg.
    In her free time you’ll find her rolling on the mat (Judo/BJJ) or running/cycling whenever a pandemic prevents her from gathering with people.

    Morgane Paternoster

    PhD Project A3
    Executive Board Member (PhD Speaker)
    Department of Neurology
    University Hospital Würzburg
    Josef-Schneider-Str. 11
    97080 Würzburg
    Deutschland

    Morgane Paternoster is a doctoral researcher in the project A3 under supervision of Prof. Sommer Claudia at the neurology department of the University Hospital.

    Before joining the RTG, Morgane worked as a physiotherapist and decided to deepen her knowledge by studying Neurosciences at the university Paris-Est Créteil for her Masters. Combining her two specialties, she investigated mirror movements and their cerebral correlates in stroke patients.

    During her PhD, Morgane will work on approach and avoidance behaviour in pain management, especially with migraine patients, using high density EEG and other biological methods.

    When Morgane is not in the lab, you can find her learning piano, cooking or enjoying some outdoor activities.

    Sebastian Evers

    PhD Project A3
    Department of Neurology
    University Hospital Würzburg
    Josef-Schneider-Str. 11
    97080 Würzburg
    Deutschland

    Sebastian Evers is conducting his PhD research in the project A3 “Approach and Avoidance in pain management” together with Prof. Dr. med. Sommer.

    He studied in several fields of biology and finally found an interest in the research field of brain-computer-interfaces (BCIs). He finished his Bachelor in Biology and Computer Science at the University of Bremen and lately finished his Master in Biomedical Science with a focus on Neuromodulation in Maastricht.

    During his PhD, he is going to research a possible Neurofeedback application to reduce the sensitivity of migraine patients towards their migraine-triggers. To reach this goal he will work with high-density EEG-Systems and common Neurofeedback-procedures.

    In his free time, Sebastian follows his passion of travel, hiking, and krav maga or relaxes in front of the computer or his graphic tablet.

    Menghuan Chen

    PhD Project B1
    Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy
    Department of Psychology
    University of Würzburg
    Marcusstr. 9-11
    97070 Würzburg
    Deutschland
    Telefon: +49 931 31-88113

    Menghuan Chen is a PhD student in the project B1 with Prof. Pauli and Prof. Pittig.

    Before starting her PhD, she studied Cognitive Neuroscience and conducted research focusing on addiction disorders with methods of virtual reality, eye-tracking, EEG and machine learning.

    During her PhD, she will work on approach and avoidance conflicts using virtual reality, neuroimaging techniques and other biopsychological methods.

     

    David Felix Reindel

    PhD Project B2

    David Reindel is a PhD researcher in project B2, under the supervision of Prof. Reiter.

    Ana-Magdalena Pineau

    PhD Project B3
    Molecular Psychiatry
    Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy
    University of Würzburg
    Margarete-Höppel-Platz 1
    97080 Würzburg

    Ana-Magdalena Pineau is a PhD researcher in the project B3 with Prof. Lesch.
    Before she started her PhD, she studied biochemistry and then neurosciences and cells signalling
    with a strong interest for biochemical pathways within the brain and neuronal culture derived from
    IPSC.
    During her PhD, she is going to investigate the impact of copy number variants of the SLC2A3 gene
    that encodes the neuronal glucose transporter GLUT3 on neuronal morphology and function. To this
    end, she will differentiate neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells to study the effect of
    neurometabolic alterations on neural outgrowth and synaptic activity.
    When Ana is not cooking or playing capoeira within the awesome group of Würzburg, you can find
    her taking different dance classes.

    Nikita Gorbunov

    PhD Project B3
    Section of Molecular Psychiatry
    Translational Neuroscience
    Margarete-Höppel-Platz 1
    97080 Würzburg

    Nikita Gorbunov is a PhD Student in Project B3 (Prof. Lesch).

    Sabrina Gado

    PhD Project C1
    Executive Board Member
    Experimental Clinical Psychology
    Department of Psychology
    University of Würzburg
    Marcusstr. 9-11
    97070 Würzburg
    Deutschland
    Telefon: +49 931 31-83948

    Sabrina Gado is a PhD researcher in the project C1 with Prof. Gamer.
    Before she started her PhD, she studied both psychology and business informatics, which sparked her interest for neuroscientific research and programming.
    During her PhD, she is going to research approach and avoidance conflicts, especially in Social Anxiety Disorder. For this aim, she plans to use Virtual Reality as a research method, as well as other biopsychological and neuroscientific measures.

    When Sabrina is not nerding out in front of the computer and with her awesome colleagues, you can find her riding her bike through the vinyards around Würzburg.

    Jasper Bischofberger

    PhD Project C2
    Executive Board Member
    Center of Mental Health
    Margarete-Höppel-Platz 1
    97080 Würzburg
    Germany

    Jasper Bischofberger is a doctoral researcher in the project C2 under supervision of Prof. Grit Hein at the Center of Mental Health.

    Before he joined the Translational Social Neuroscience Lab, he studied Cognitive Science at the University of Tübingen, where he investigated visual working memory and facial emotion recognition.

    In his current PhD project, he studies how social interactions modulate avoidance and approach learning in humans. He combines modified versions of reinforcement learning models with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive avoidance and approach behavior.

    Outside of science, Jasper is passionate about sustainability, food, and various other ways to increase physical and mental wellbeing.

    Elif Salur

    PhD Project C3

    Elif Salur is a PhD researcher in project C3 (Schmitt-Böhrer/Asan).