I am a Marie-Curie Fellow at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Bonn, Germany, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. During my fellowship, I apply my theoretical background combined with my interest in neuroimage analysis across the life-span to further research to improve our understanding of stroke and the associated outcome for patients. In my current work, I promote the use of clinical magnetic resonance images in large scale analyses. Aiming to understand and utilize the concept that some brains are seemingly more resilient to insults, I investigate different outcomes in stroke patients. In the future, my goal is the facilitation of translational research to the point where theoretical neuroimage analysis can be used to understand individual differences in patients. This will help support medical decision making and personalize treatment options for patients in order to improve their long-term outcome.
In 2005 I studied physics at the RWTH Aachen University and received my diploma in 2011. In the last year at the RWTH I focused on theoretical physics, in particular cosmology, and wrote my thesis on the halo mass function. During my studies I spent a year at Osaka University, working on the Terahertz Color Scanner at the Araki laboratory under supervision of Prof. Yasui and Prof. Aaraki.
From 2012-2015 I did my PhD at King's College London, as part of the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the Centre for the Developing Brain. I investigated the development of structural connectivity, in particular in premature babies. In order to do so I utilized network theory, as well as machine learning techniques to allow for group comparisons.
The change from theoretical physics to biomedical engineering and research based on early brain development came from the desire to impact and improve people’s well-being. It allowed me to apply my computational and mathematical background, as well as my skills for problem solving to the growing field of connectomics in the developing brain.
In 2016 I started as a research fellow as part of the J. Philip Kistler Stroke Research Centre at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. My current work focuses on stroke patients, where I investigate the concept of reserve that helps a patient to a better outcome after stroke.
In 2017 I was honored to receive the Marie-Curie Global-Fellowship by the European Union, which supports me in my endeavors to bring methodological advances directly to the clinic.