Main Focus

  • Brain plasticity across the lifespan
  • The effects of exercise on changes in brain function and structure, as well as cognition (AKTIV Study)

Curriculum Vitae


2019 – present | Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Neuroscience | Max Planck Institute for Human Development and The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course, Berlin, DE | Dissertation: An investigation of the effects of exercise on brain and cognition in older adults

2015 – 2019 | Master of Science in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience | Free University Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, DE | Thesis: Exercise and the brain: Changes in gray matter and cognition in older adults

2011 – 2015 | Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Distinction in Psychology | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA | Thesis: The effects of restraint and gender on frequency of consumption of high-glycemic load and high-fat foods

Professional experience

2015 – 2019 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin, DE | Student AssistentMechanisms and Sequential Progression of Plasticity und Lifespan Neural Dynamics Group (since Jan. ’18)

2016 – 2017 | German Institute of Human Nutrition, Nuthetal, DE | Student AssistentPsychophysiology of Food Perception

2014 – 2015 | University of Michigan, Psychology Department, Ann Arbor, MI, USA | Research AssistantFood and Addiction Science and Treatment (FAST) Lab

2014 – 2015 | University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, USA | Volunteer, Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program

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