Graduations & Awards

Graduations 2024

Graduations 2024

Florian M. Bednarski (Minverva Fast Track Group “Milestones of Ealy Cognitive Development, MPI CBS Leipzig & Leipzig University). Development of infants’ psychological agency. An interdisciplinary exploration. Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Leipzig University, January 2024.

Alessandro Braga (Institute of Biology, Leipzig University). An EEG investigation of sound source elevation processing and prediction in mice. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, February 2024.

Matteo Maran (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig). Syntax through the looking glass: an empirical and theoretical study of the neurocognitive basis of two-word syntactic composition. Leipzig University, February 2024.

Dimitrios G. Gkoutsilias (Methods and Development Group “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance”, MPI CBS Leipzig). MRI-based investigations of brain tissue magnetic susceptibility and application to the study of Tourette syndrome pathophysiology. Leipzig University, March 2024.

Daniel Haenelt (Dept. of Neurophysics, MPI CBS Leipzig). On the mapping of cortical columns in humans using high-resolution functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Leipzig University, March 2024.

Katharina Menn (RG “Language Cycles” & Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig). Neuro-electrophysiological shaping of early language acquisition: A naturalistic approach. Leipzig University, March 2024.
Graduations 2023

Graduations 2023

Philip Ruthig (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig & Leipzig University). Lateral specializations of microanatomy in the mammalian auditory cortex. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, February 2023.

Rachel Zsido (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS Leipzig). Sex hormone fluctuations and brain architecture across the female lifespan. Leipzig University, February 2023.

Tilmann Stephani (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS Leipzig). On the organization of neural response variability: Probing somatosensory excitability dynamics with oscillatory brain states and stimulus-evoked potentials. Leipzig University, April 2023.

Hsing-Fen Tu (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS Leipzig). The longitudinal investigation of infants’ attentional control and its associations with self-regulatory functions in toddlerhood and maternal mental distress. Medical Faculty, Leipzig University, July 2023.

Wei Xuehu (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig). Neuroplasticity in second language acquisition. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, November 2023.

Malte Brammerloh (Dept. of Neurophysics, MPI CBS Leipzig). Iron-induced transverse relaxation in the substantia nigra: Toward a biomarker of dopaminergic neurons. Leipzig University, December 2023.

Yulia Lamekina (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig). The role of prosodic entrainment in subsequent sentence comprehension. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, December 2023.

Hanna Ringer (Institute of Biological Psychology, Leipzig University). Memory for acoustic patterns: Behavioural and EEG evidence for flexible perceptual learning across varying listening contexts. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, December 2023.
Graduations 2022

Graduations 2022

Pei-Ju Chien (Lise Meitner Group “Cognition and Plasticity”, MPI CBS Leipzig). Neural bases of linguistic pitch in a tonal language: Intonation, lexical tone, and the role of language experience. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, June 2022.

Ruxue Gong (Clinic of Neurology, University Hospital Leipzig and Methods Group “Brain Networks”, MPI CBS Leipzig). β-γ phase-amplitude coupling derived from non-invasive electroencephalogram – insight into the pathophysiology of Parkinsons´s disease. Faculty of Medicine, Leipzig University, June 2022.

Eoin N. Molloy (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS Leipzig). Responses to one-week administration of escitalopram. Faculty of Medicine, Leipzig University, June 2022.

Merve Kaptan (RG “Pain Perception”, MPI CBS Leipzig”). Neuroimaging of the human spinal cord at 3 Tesla: Investigation of acquisition and denoising strategies through resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, July 2022.

Philipp C. Paulus (RG “Adaptive Memory”, MPI CBS Leipzig). Schema and value: characterizing the role of the rostral and ventral medial prefrontal cortex in episodic future thinking. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, July 2022.

Lara M.C. Puhlmann (RG “Social Stress and Family Health”, MPI CBS Leipzig). From mind to body: effects of contemplative mental training on biomarkers of stress-related disease risk. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, July 2022.

Astrid Graessner (Lise Meitner Group “Cognition and Plasticity”, MPI CBS Leipzig). The neural correlates of basic semantic composition. Faculty of Life Sciences, Leipzig University, September 2022.

Mina Jamshidi Idaji (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS Leipzig). New machine learning methods for modeling nonlinear interactions in neural data, Towards separation and detection of genuine cross-frequency synchronized sources. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Technische Universität Berlin, September 2022.

Roman Linz (RG “Social Stress and Family Health”, MPI CBS Leipzig). Investigating mind-brain-body interactions within the multi­ systemic phenomenon of stress. Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, October 2022.
Graduations 2021

Graduations 2021

Johannes Waschke (HTWK Leipzig and Faculty for Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Leipzig University). Trajectory data analysis in biomedical applications, Leipzig University.

Maria Stuckenberg (née Erfort) (Institute of Psychology, Dept. of Cognitive incl. Biological Psychology, Leipzig University). Preceding visual information modulates auditory information
processing: A crossmodal prediction view.
Leipzig University, 11 March.

Blazej Baczkowski: Inferring risk in the absence of threat: on the interaction of Pavlovian threat memory with preexisting knowledge of environmental structure. Leipzig University, 7 May.

Sabine Oligschlaeger: Gradients of connectivity distance in the primate cerebral cortex. Leipzig University, 14 May.

Maria Bloechl-Sevinchan: Situating determinant of mental health and wellbeing during ageing within a lifespan perspective. University of Muenster, 21 September.

Richard Gast: Phase transitions between asynchronous and synchronous neural dynamics:
Theoretical insight into the mechanisms behind neural oscillations in Parkinson’s disease. Leipzig University, 20 October.

Benjamin Kalloch: Towards individualized transcranial electric stimulation therapy through computer simulation. Leipzig University.

Pei-Cheng Shih: Bilateral upper-limb coordination in aging and stroke. Leipzig University, December 2021.

Ole Bialas (Institute of Biology, Leipzig University). An electroencephalographic investigation of elevation encoding in the human auditory system. Leipzig University, December 2021.
3rd prize at Gorter Awards for Malte Brammerloh

3rd prize at Gorter Awards for Malte Brammerloh

For his paper on "Measuring the iron content of dopaminergic neurons in substantia nigra with MRI relaxometry" published in NeuroImage 239, IMPRS NeuroCom Phd student Malte Brammerloh from the Neurophysics department was awarded the third prize at this year's Gorter Awards.  The prizes go to the best current works of young scientists in the field of biomedical magnetic resonance and were awarded at the DSISMRM meeting in Zürich.


Graduations 2020

Graduations 2020

Vincent Ka Ming Cheung (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS). "The neurocognitive basis of musical expectancy and pleasure: A Computational modelling approach ".
Leipzig University, 10 December.

Roman Linz (RG Stress and Family Health, MPI CBS). "Investigating mind-brain-body interactions within the multi­systemic phenomenon of stress".
Humboldt University Berlin, 30 October.

Lina Schaare (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS) .“Blood Pressure and Brain Structure in Early Adulthood”.
Leipzig University, 23 July .

Ting Qi (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS): “The brain structure during language development. Neural correlates of sentence comprehension in preschool children”. 
Leipzig University, 04 June.

Miriam Langeloh (MPRG Early Social Cognition, MPI CBS ). “Why do infants imitate selectively? Neural correlates of infants' action understanding in the head-touch paradigm”. Heidelberg University, 03 April.

Shih-Cheng (Vincent) Chien (RG Brain Networks, MPI CBS). " Brain Network Dynamics in Deviance Response and Auditory Perception".  
Ilmenau University of Technology, 28 February.

Tommaso Ballarini (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS): "Magnetic Resonance Imaging Biomarkers for Clinical Symptoms and Therapy in Parkinson's disease”. 
Leipzig University, 24 February.

Doctoral theses awards for IMPRS NeuroCom alumnae

Doctoral theses awards for IMPRS NeuroCom alumnae

In the context of the New Year’s reception of the Research Academy Leipzig two IMPRS Alumna were awarded with prices for their doctoral dissertation:
Dr Caroline Beese received the dissertation award of the graduate center Life Sciences for her dissertation on “The Effects of Neurocognitive Aging on Sentence Processing”. Dr Maryna Polyakova received the Katharina Windscheid award for her dissertation “Searching for pathomechanisms of late life minor depression – a combined MRI, biomarker and meta-analytic study”. Congratulations!
Graduations September 2019–October 2019

Graduations September 2019–October 2019

Franziska Albrecht
(Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS) defended her dissertation " Neural Correlates of Parkinsonian Syndromes” at Leipzig University.

Caroline Beese (Dept. of Neuropsychology, Leipzig University) defended her thesis "The Effects of Neurocognitive Aging on Sentence Processing " at Leipzig University.
Leon Kroczek (Dept. of Neuropsychology, MPI CBS)
defended his dissertation ”The impact of speaker information on language processing” at Leipzig University.

Congratulations and all the best for your future careers!!!!
Graduations January 2019–April 2019

Graduations January 2019–April 2019

Samyogita Hardikar
(Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS) defended her dissertation "Taste perception in Obesity” at Leipzig University.

Maryna Polyakova (Dept. of Neurology, MPI CBS)
defended her dissertation "Searching for pathomechanisms of late life minor depression – a combined MRI, biomarker and meta-analytic study” at Leipzig University.

Mikaella Sarrou (Dept. of Neurobiologiy, Leipzig University) defended her thesis "Auditory motion: perception and cortical response" at Leipzig University.

Hanna Schleihauf (RG Early Social Cognition, MPI CBS)
defended her dissertation, "Why do we imitate nonsense? The underlying  motivations of overimitation" at Heidelberg University.

Congratulations to the four successful IMPRS alumni and all the best for your future careers!!!!
June 2018Otto Hahn Award for IMPRS NeuroCom Alumna

June 2018

Otto Hahn Award for IMPRS NeuroCom Alumna

At the Annual General Meeting of the Max Planck Society on 13th June the Otto Hahn Medal  was awarded to IMPRS NeuroCom alumna Sofie Valk. Sofie also received the prestigious Otto Hahn Award. The Max Planck Society provides a small number of recipients of the Otto Hahn Medal each year with the opportunity, following on from a stay abroad, to head a small research group at a Max Planck Institute of their choice. Congratulations!

photograph: © Amac Garbe for Max Planck Society
June 2018Graduation Centres Doctoral Dissertation Award for Anna Marzecová

June 2018

Graduation Centres Doctoral Dissertation Award for Anna Marzecová

As part of the Research Academy Leipzig’s Summer Festival, the doctoral prizes of the Graduate Centres were awarded. We are very pleased for Anna Marzecová, alumna of IMPRS NeuroCom, who was awarded the prize for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of life sciences. Congratulations!
Graduations January 2018–March 2018

Graduations January 2018–March 2018

Maria Guidi
(NMR group) defended her dissertation "Depth-Dependent Physiological Modulators of the BOLD Response to the Human Motor Cortex” at Leipzig University.

Kathrin Lorenz (NMR group)
defended her dissertation, "Optimization of the labeling efficiency of pseudo-continuous arterial spin-labeling (pCASL) for the measurement of cerebral perfusion” at Leipzig University.

Anna-Lena Lumma (Dept. of Social Neuroscience) defended her thesis "The integration of first- and third-person methods in the context of meditation practices ond the self" at Leipzig University.

Riccardo Metere (NMR group)
defended his dissertation, "Investigating Brain Tissue Microstructure using Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging" at Leipzig University.

Artyom Zinchenko (former research group “Subcortical Contributons to Understanding”) successfully defended his dissertation, "Prediction and control in multisensory emotion integration".
January 2018Research Academy Leipzig's PhD dissertation award for IMPRS NeuroCom Alumnus

January 2018

Research Academy Leipzig's PhD dissertation award for IMPRS NeuroCom Alumnus

Dr Malte Wöstmann
(Alumnus of IMPRS NeuroCom) was awarded the PhD prize from the Graduate Center for Life Sciences of the Research Academy, Leipzig. The award recognises outstanding dissertations created within the graduate centre classes. The award ceremony took place the the Annual Reception of the Research Academy.
Graduations 07/2017–12/2017

Graduations 07/2017–12/2017

Roberta Bianco
(Dep. of Neurology and OHG "Intonation in Speech and Music" successfully defended her thesis "Principles of action planning in music production: evidence from fMRI and EEG studies" at the Medical Faculty of Leipzig University.

Ahmad Seif Kanaan (NMR group) successfully defended his dissertation "Elemental and neurochemical based analysis of the patophysiological mechanisms of Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome" at MH Hannover.

September 2017

September 2017

On 26 September 2017 IMPRS NeuroCom’s spokesperson Prof. Arno Villringer welcomed 14 new PhD students to our graduate school. Before the official welcome our freshmen had a very interesting tour through the Wolfgang Koehler Research Centre at Leipzig Zoo. During the next three years they will now carry out their PhD projects at MPI CBS and Leipzig University.

Welcome to the Institute and to IMPRS NeuroCom!
Graduations 01/2017–06/2017

Graduations 01/2017–06/2017

In the first half of 2017 several former IMPRS NeuroCom PhD students successfully defended their PhDs:

Estrid Jacobsen (RG Connectivity): Sub-dividing Broca's region based on functional connectivity:
New methods for individual-level in vivo cortical parcellation

Seung-Goo Kim (MEG and Cortical Networks): Myeloarchitecture and Intrinsic Functional Connectivity of Auditory Cortex in Musicians with Absolute Pitch”

Anna Marzecová (Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Leipzig University): How prediction and attention jointly shape visual processing: A predictive coding view"

Claudia Roswandowitz (RG Human Communication): "Voice-Identity Processing. The Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Phonagnosia"

Sofie Valk (Dep. of Social Neuroscience): "The Structure of the Social Brain: Dissociating soci-affective and socio-cognitive networks through the study of individual differences, brain plasticity, and disease models."

Yaquiong Xiao (Dep. of Neuropsychology): "Resting-state functional connectivity in the brain and its relation to language development in preschool children"

September 2016: IMPRS NeuroCom welcomes freshmen

September 2016: IMPRS NeuroCom welcomes freshmen

On 30 September 2016 we were happy to officially welcome 15 new PhD students to the IMPRS NeuroCom. The students from the latest cohort come from six different countries such as Armenia, Iran, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, and Taiwan. Most of them will be placed in departments and research groups at the MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and two of them will be placed at the University of Leipzig.
June 2016

June 2016

Andrea Reiter, IMPRS PhD student from the former Max Planck Fellow Group Cognitive and affective control of behavioural adaptation, successfully defended her thesis on "Out of control behaviors? Investigating mechanisms of behavioral control in alcohol addiction, binge eating disorder, and associated risk factors" with summa cum laude.

Andrea has already started a  Post-Doc position at Shu-Chen Li’s Lifespan Developmental Neuroscience Lab in Dresden.

Congratulations Andrea!
Professor Mary Robertson Award for IMPRS NeuroCom PhD student

Professor Mary Robertson Award for IMPRS NeuroCom PhD student

At the meeting of the European Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome (ESSTS) in Warschau, IMPRS NeuroCom PhD student Ahmad Seif Kanaan received the Professor Mary Robertson Award for his work titled: 'Pathological glutamatergic neurotransmission in Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome'.

Congratulations Ahmad!
March 2016

March 2016

Kathleen Krol, IMPRS PhD student from the former Research Group of Early Social Development, successfully defended her thesis on "Emotion perception in motherhood and infancy: The role of breastfeeding experience and the oxytocin system" with summa cum laude.
Kathleen directly moved to the US to take up a Post-Doc position in Tobias Grosmann's group at the Baby Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

Congratulations to Katie and all the best for your future!!!
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