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We form a laboratory with two arms, one at the Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston / Harvard Medical School and one at Charité – University Medicine Berlin. Our research focusses on the following central questions:

  • How does the human brain respond to focal stimuli applied by invasive and noninvasive neuromodulation methods
    • Specifically, we study the effects of deep brain stimulation on small brain nuclei
  • How do distributed brain networks respond to such stimuli
    • We use noninvasive techniques like resting-state fMRI and diffusion-weighted MRI to address this question
  • How does DBS electrode placement affect
    • Clinical
    • Neural
    • or behavioral response

In second line, we’re highly interested in structural and functional connectomics as well as detailed anatomical definitions of the human brain.

Some of our lab members take part in developing the open-source toolbox Lead-DBS – which has become a multi-institutional endeavor.

Andreas Horn

Before bringing to life the NetStim Lab in April 2019, Andreas worked as a postdoc at the Laboratory for Brain Network Imaging and Modulation headed by Prof. Michael Fox at Harvard. Prior to that, he completed an MD/PhD with Prof. Andrea Kühn in the Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Section at Charité Berlin, conjointly with a scientific appointment at the laboratory of Prof. Felix Blankenburg (Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience / Max Planck Institute for Human Development). Andreas also holds a Dr. med., which he obtained under the guidance of Prof. Cornelius Weiller in Freiburg. As a PI he is affiliated with the PhD program of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin and the International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences at Charité Berlin, and teaches medical as well as postgraduate-level courses.

Within the scope of his scientific work, Andreas is keenly interested in the interactions between the basal ganglia and the cerebral cortex. Phylogenetically, both originate from the peduncular hypothalamus and form a system optimized in controlling our environment, first and foremost by means of action (e.g., motor output). Hence, Andreas strives to explore network connectivity and causality in this system, the human connectome and its structure-function relationship. As a clinical case of connectomics, he studies effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on aberrant circuitries that lead to movement disorders. These interests are often realized by furthering development of the Lead-DBS toolbox, which Andreas envisions as a collaborative platform for the refinement and scientific application of methods to study how DBS interacts with the brain.

When not in the lab, Andreas may be found marveling at the invigorating powers of the coffee machine in the kitchen or hidden in the lab’s cooler eating ice cream. He may (or may not) have played in dubious rock bands with doubtful musical output back in the days, but nonetheless his love for music has lived on until today. Apart from that, Andreas also has a thing for podcasts (he even hosts one himself – it’s called Stimulating Brains!) and the ramblings of Jerome Salinger, whom he credits as his favorite author. Ningfei Li gave him a drone once, which is amazing, but if you see Andy and his drone you better watch out because he has only been crashing into trees with it so far.

Ningfei Li

Member of the NetStim lab since its early days, Ningfei is also an essential part of the core Lead-DBS development team and completed his PhD within the lab. Beforehand Ningfei received Bachelor’s and Master’s of Engineering degrees with specializations in Electronics Science and Technology, as well as in Signal and Information Processing at the Northwestern Polytechnical University of Xi’an, China.

In the framework of his PhD project, Ningfei intends to contribute to the improvement of DBS therapy for patients by investigating connectomic DBS targets in Parkinson’s disease (PD), dystonia and obsessive compulsive disorder. More specifically, he aims at generating predictive models of structural connectivity profiles derived from diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) based connectomes and linking these to clinical improvement. Currently, Ningfei has extended his focus toward the comparative study of DBS targeted to the subthalamic nucleus across different diseases.

Simón Oxenford

Simón joined the NetStim lab in September 2019 and, beyond being part of the core development team of Lead-DBS, is pursuing his PhD within the lab. During his Bioengineering studies in Buenos Aires, he got fascinated by the nuts and bolts of image processing, and more specifically, by the potentials of the brain imaging technique of MRI to reveal information about the hidden workings of the brain.

With an aspiration to contribute useful methodology for the scientific advancement of the field of DBS, in his PhD, Simón is currently exploring methods to refine registration tools and to use these methods to build more predictive DBS models.

Besides his love for getting at the bottom of a problem and questioning things, Simón likes to play football and the electric bass. Over time, he discovered that creativity plays a central role for him – from the music he enjoys to the research he pursues, and for all the other aspects of life in between. Someday, Simón hopes to follow his favorite band Snarky Puppy on tour.

Barbara Hollunder

Barbara joined the NetStim lab to pursue her PhD as a fellow of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. She holds a Master of Science in Psychology with a focus on cognition and neurosciences from the University of Vienna, where she investigated associative memory in Alzheimer’s disease as part of her Master’s thesis. Alongside her studies, she received conjoint training in the application of non-invasive neuromodulation approaches (transcranial magnetic stimulation, MRI-guided focused ultrasound) in both healthy participants as well as in patients affected by neurodegenerative disorders.

Barbara’s research interests include symptom-specific connectomic DBS for improved precision neuromodulation, dimensional approaches to neuropsychiatry, and comparative studies across disorders. Within the realms of her PhD, Barbara currently aims to model optimal network targets for DBS therapy with focus on neuropsychiatric symptoms by tracing structural (dMRI derived) and functional (resting-state fMRI derived) connectivity profiles across different brain disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or Tourette’s syndrome. In that, she hopes to contribute a small piece of the puzzle which may advance the field toward personalization of connectomic DBS to unique symptom profiles of individual patients. In second instance, she sees neuromodulation as a unique tool for advancing our understanding of the intricate couplings between neuroanatomy and dysfunction within the human brain.

Besides her passion for unraveling neuroscientific conundrums, Barbara is an art lover and curious adventure enthusiast who adores to explore every nook and cranny in- and outside of Berlin, both cycling and walking. When exhausted from too many discovery trips or treasure hunts at flea markets, she likes to dive into drawing and photography.

Lukas Goede

Lukas is a research fellow in the NetStim lab since February 2020. Concurrently, he is working as a physician in the Department of Neurology with Experimental Neurology and the Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Unit at Charité Berlin.

Lukas’ scientific interests primarily revolve around brain networks and network stimulation, as well as the application of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and DBS in clinical contexts and beyond. These interests are also reflected in his current main research project, in which he aims to leverage multifocal tDCS in order to stimulate neuronal networks and investigate their relationship with clinical outcome parameters in patients with Parkinson’s disease. In joining knowledge gained through both his research and clinical activities, Lukas hopes to ultimately improve patients’ outcome by refining stimulation methods and subsequently translating these from bench to bedside.

Something Lukas highly values in research is that there is a continuous learning curve. Moreover, he really appreciates scientific exchange, and finds it essential being immersed within a great team and research environment – all things he likes about the NetStim lab! When Lukas is not in the lab fiddling with electrodes or in the clinical ward seeing patients, one might find him heading out for a cycling tour in and around Berlin or jumping into one of Berlin’s many amazing lakes. Recently, he also rediscovered the beauty of hiking.

Nanditha Rajamani

Nanditha joined the NetStim laboratory in November 2020 as a PhD student in the international medical neuroscience program. After a Masters in Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, she worked with the Child Mind Institute in New York to help develop the C-PAC software.

Broad areas of interests include personalisation and symptom specific approaches to neuromodulation therapy. With an engineering background, she is also interested in contributing with data science and exploring clinical statistics, to better understand and produce meaningful results in scientific discoveries. Her current projects include developing mixture models for PD using connectomic DBS, and developing/implementing a BIDS-like format for the lead-DBS software.

While not working, Nanditha loves to practice calligraphy/solve sudoku/write short stories and has an intense obsession with watching studio ghibli movies (maybe not at the same time).

“If the world is a simulation, I’d like to be a feature, not a bug.”

Garance Meyer

Garance is a postdoc in the NetStim lab. She draws from a broad background in cognitive neuroscience which she gained through a Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science as well as both a Master’s of Science and a PhD in neuroscience, all from the University of Lyon, France. Her PhD project aimed to unravel the core neurocognitive mechanisms underlying impulsivity in Parkinson’s Disease, using custom behavioral tasks and electroencephalography.

In her scientific work, Garance is most interested in the role of the basal ganglia and associated circuits in normal cognitive functioning as well as in pathological conditions. Inspired by an internship in a neuromodulation clinical unit, she also maintains a fascination for brain stimulation. She likes to converge these two key interests in her research by leveraging connectomic neuromodulation as a window into the workings of basal ganglia-related circuits.

Garance’s favorite aspects of being a scientist include the opportunity to confront ideas with inspiring people. She also very much enjoys the aspect of creativity involved in research. As much as she would like to work against the stereotype of a nerdy scientist though, reading great papers with a very big cup of tea is admittedly one of her favorite activities. Being a keen hiker, Garance cannot wait to explore Boston and surroundings on foot, although she must admit she is a bit afraid of snow (which remains a rare occurrence in the south of France), and of missing cheese and other French delicacies.

Clemens Neudorfer

Clemens joined the NetStim Lab as a research fellow in 2020. He completed his MD at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria and the Medical Faculty at the University of Cologne, Germany. Following two years of neurosurgery residency he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in Andres Lozano’s lab at the Toronto Western Hospital, Canada focusing on neuroimaging approaches to elucidate the local and network effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in movement disorders and psychiatric diseases. Upon completion, Clemens returned to Germany and joined the NetStim lab focusing on personalized (symptom and disease-specific) approaches to neuromodulation therapy. He hopes to translate modeling approaches from neuroimaging into the operating room and inform therapeutic strategies in clinical practice.

Konstantin Butenko

Prior to joining the NetStim lab as a postdoc, Konstantin completed a Master of Science (Computational Science and Engineering) as well as a PhD (Dr.-Ing), both at the University of Rostock. While starting out as an industrial engineer, Konstantin wrote his master thesis in accelerating physics until he got introduced to neuroscience where he hopes to settle eventually. Within the scope of his PhD entitled “Modeling Perspective on Translatability of DBS Mechanism for Treating Parkinsonian Motor Symptoms in Rodent and Human”, he focused on a theoretical analysis of DBS mechanisms in human and rodent basal ganglia. The results indicated a feasible though limited translatability of neural activation patterns.

To further realize his appreciation for challenging engineering problems, Konstantin aims to establish modeling approaches for clinical assistance in DBS programming. His main scientific interests involve the simulation of symptom-specific DBS, the development of computational models for fundamental research on the basal ganglia in the context of neurological disorders, as well as software development for modeling of brain stimulation. For his scientific work, Konstantin sees the opportunity to help in alleviating the suffering of people affected by neurological diseases as his greatest inspiration.

Beyond aspects immediately relevant to his research, Konstantin is always keen on further expanding his knowledge of brain mechanisms. He believes that working in science is the best way to surround yourself with highly intelligent people– and that all other benefits come from it. If you ask him, Python is simply the best programming language, but he is not as biased when it comes to brain areas. Besides, Sicily counts among his favorite destinations to which science has brought him –and he would return just for the magnificent Etna views! Outside of the lab, Konstantin is a big fan of car racing, especially Formula I – and he takes every opportunity to participate in a cart race.

Jordy Tasserie

Jordy is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur in neuro-stimulation (Deep Brain Stimulation, DBS) and medical imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI). His studies combine both disciplines to develop new biomarkers of optimal neuro-stimulation in order to treat chronic neurological diseases. He is currently a research scientist at the Boston side of the NetStim laboratory, within the Center for Brain Circuit therapeutics at the Brigham & Women Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His project consists in comparing clinical outcome prediction of DBS in the treatment of OCD using normative v/s disease- v/s patient-specific connectomes. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Toronto Western Hospital in the functional neurosurgery department of Prof. Andres Lozano (University of Toronto – Canada) to study DBS mechanisms and develop neuro-stimulation therapies in movement disorders using functional MRI.

He completed his PhD on functional neuro-imaging study (fMRI and EEG) of thalamic DBS mechanisms for the restoration of consciousness in a non-human primate model, under the supervision of Prof. Béchir Jarraya at the NeuroSpin center (Prof. Stanislas Dehaene, Paris Saclay University – France). He graduated from a Master of Science in medical imaging and was trained as a physicist during his Bachelor specialized in waves and signal processing.

Lauren Hart

Lauren is a research assistant in the NetStim Lab since early 2022. Apart from her involvement in the lab, she is also a Senior at Boston University, Yawkee Scholar, and member of the tri-alpha honors society. At the NetStim, Lauren’s contribution involves tasks such as coordinating multiple lab projects, curating and maintaining databases of neuromodulation datasets, and analyzing involved connectomic profiles. Other responsibilities include helping with Lead-DBS user support, website management, and professionalizing Lead-DBS documentation (such as in form of a manual and walkthrough videos).

To realize her vision of herself as a life-long learner, she plans on investing herself into a PhD with high translational value in the future in the hope of improving the quality of life of individuals affected by different neurological and psychiatric conditions. In this context, her main scientific interests lie in functional neuroimaging, and neuromodulation to treat conditions such as epilepsy, depression, and movement disorders.

Outside of science, Lauren enjoys running with a goal of completing the Boston Marathon, snowboarding, and listening to podcasts –usually while walking with her dog, Oakley. Currently she is also making a 3D-printer with the purpose of printing out a 3D model of her brain but would love to expand its use towards other projects in the future. Apart from that, Lauren is a true coffee aficionado, she may be exactly the right person to ask when in search of the best places to find good espresso and croissants in Boston!

Ilkem Aysu Sahin

Aysu is an MD/PhD student at NetStim, Berlin since October 2022. She has a PhD fellowship from Einstein Center of Neurosciences, where she also is a student representative.

During her medical studies at Hacettepe University, Turkey, she was fascinated by the complexity of the human brain and amazed by the avenues that medical imaging has created. Her broad interests include movement disorders and connectomics. She believes in the value of neuromodulation in improving patients’ lives as well as its potential to shed light onto disease mechanisms. Her current project focuses on understanding the connections responsible for clinical improvement after deep brain stimulation for Tourette’s syndrome across different targets.

After her PhD, she wants to continue her career in medicine and become a clinician scientist who is equipped with computational tools to tackle clinical questions. Brainstorming and problem solving as a team are highlights of being a scientist for her. She is passionate about high quality education and would like to improve as a teacher along her PhD. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and even more to cheer on climbing friends from a hammock. She is interested in art and is currently trying to learn how to draw.

Julianna Pijar

Julianna is a research assistant in the Netstim lab, starting in June 2023. She received her BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Studio Art from Boston College. In her undergraduate research, she investigated the connection between functional connectivity variability and genetic variability in autistic individuals.

Her current project focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) through the analysis of surgical procedures, such as cingulotomy. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, with her main scientific interests being psychiatric and movement disorders.

Roi Sar-el

Roi Joined the Netstim lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2023 as a Rothschild fellow from Israel. He completed an MD-PhD track in Tel-Aviv University and The Tel-Aviv Medical Center (TASMC) under the mentorship of Prof. Talma Hendler, focusing on context-related effects of neuropsychiatric medications studies using MRI and behavioral methods. Subsequently he completed a medical residency in Psychiatry and was later an attending psychiatrist and head of the Psych-ER unit at TASMC. During residency he also joined Dr. Renana Eitan’s group focusing on combined clinical and research work with DBS in psychiatry.

As a research-oriented psychiatrist who loves his job, Roi’s goal in the Netstim lab is exploring connectomics-guided deep brain stimulation for the treatment of mood disorders, focusing on major depressive disorder. He hopes to translate findings and inform psychiatric therapeutic approaches.

In the meanwhile, he’s busy running after his three children and wife (a dermatologist also working as a research fellow in Boston) and as a former marathon and ultramarathon runner, unsuccessfully trying to keep up with his running goals in Boston.

Luise Poser

Luise joined the NetStim Lab in October 2022 for her dissertation. She is a 5th year medical student at Charité Berlin. At the lab, she is working on evoked potentials in DBS patients with Parkinson’s disease in a clinical context.

In her free time, Luise enjoys playing the violine and has a passion for marathon running.

Helen Friedrich

Helen is an MD student who joined the lab in Boston in April 2023, where she focuses on her MD thesis project aimed at creating a detailed brain atlas for DBS imaging.

Her journey into medicine began with a foundation in psychology, where her work with neuropsychiatric patients sparked a profound interest in neurology and functional neuroanatomy. This experience led her to explore imaging research with the goal to bridge clinical practice with scientific inquiry. In her bachelor’s thesis, she used fMRI and eye-tracking to probe brain networks involved in social attention.

Working with neuropsychiatric patients was a key motivator in her decision to transition into medical school. She pursues an additional degree in translational medicine to lay the foundation for a clinician-scientist career. Her favorite topics are anatomy and intensive care medicine.

Helen is excited to immerse in Boston’s academic environment and is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the field through her atlas project.

Beyond her interest in the brain, Helen is passionate about interior design and loves spending time in the mountains, either hiking or skiing.

Bahne Bahners

Bahne joined the Netstim lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2023, funded by the Prof. Dr. Klaus Thiemann foundation. He received an MD at the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Medical Psychology in Düsseldorf supervised by Prof. Markus Butz, and Prof. Alfons Schnitzler. After medical school he stayed in Düsseldorf to work as a postdoc in Prof. Esther Florin’s lab, where he worked on DBS-evoked cortical responses. He is passionate about Magnetoencephalography (MEG), which he uses to study the electrophysiological signature of DBS effects at the cortical level. Before joining us in Boston, he started his medical residency in Neurology at the University Hospital Düsseldorf.

Bahne’s goal in the Netstim lab is to explore a novel multimodal approach to DBS network mapping combining the best of both worlds: neuroimaging and electrophysiology. Ultimately, he hopes to use this approach to understand the role of electrophysiological connectivity in the brain for DBS outcome in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Besides his work in the lab, Bahne enjoys Boston’s beautiful city center. Like Andy and Lauren, he is very enthusiastic about good coffee and whenever he takes a break you can find him near an espresso machine. Occasionally, he likes to go for a run at the Charles River with his wife, or ride his bike on the dangerous streets of Boston.

Patricia Zvarova

Patricia joined the Netstim lab as a fast-track PhD student in October 2022, supported by the Einstein Center for Neuroscience fellowship. At the time, she was completing her MSc degree in Medical Neurosciences at Charité, while already working on her PhD project. She also holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience, which she earned at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Patricia’s research interests primarily focus on understanding and developing methods for analysing neuroimaging data. Recently, she also discovered a passion for coding. Currently, she is investigating the extent to which neuroimaging data can explain variance in clinical improvement of patients after Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Specifically, she is working with a sample of Parkinson’s disease patients. Her second project includes exploring the ways by which we can improve the way we study brain functional connectivity. What she enjoys the most about academia is the opportunity to delve into the knowledge that no one else might have learned before and that there is always an opportunity to learn something new.

Beyond her academic interests, Patricia enjoys reading, playing the guitar, painting, hiking, and powerlifting (a random mix of hobbies in no particular order). As a child, her favourite book was an encyclopaedia of dog breeds. Feel free to quiz her on this topic – she loves dogs.

Bassam Al-Fatly

Bassam, an MD/PhD student in the laboratory of Andrea Kühn, is also affiliated with the NetStim lab via multiple projects since early 2019. He earned a Medical School Diploma earlier on, followed by a Master’s of Science degree in Neurophysiology, both in Baghdad, Iraq. Moreover, he received a 6-months research training in non-invasive brain stimulation at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, Italy under the mentorship of Prof. Paolo Maria Rossini as a scholar of the IFCN in 2015/2016.

Bassam is endeavoring to understand remote network effects of DBS and leverage the latter in the development of a personalized medicine approach for DBS outcome in patients. In his PhD, which he pursues as a fellow of the International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences at Charité Berlin, he thus applies structural and functional connectomic analyses to investigate neuroimaging correlates of DBS effects in movement disorders (besides others, such as psychiatric conditions). Although Bassam came to like programming and figure design already outside the realm of scientific papers, he now exploits these skills in his scientific career. Apart from his research, Bassam has also been involved in teaching (e.g., postgraduate-level classes on neuroanatomy) and supervision of Master’s students.

Bassam’s scientific enthusiasm got inspired already early during childhood by his father (a quantum physicist), who is still his most important driving force for investing himself into science up until today. Moreover, he loves his family and spends most of his non-scientific time with his wife and kids. Bassam also enjoys traveling and listening to contemporary music, especially to movie soundtracks (such as Hans Zimmer). Get in touch with Bassam if you’re a fellow fan of the Globus Pallidus internus, which is his favorite brain region!

Jan Roediger

Jan is a physician interested in the translational principles of Deep Brain Stimulation. His research is focussing on the local and network effects of DBS in patients with Parkinsons Disease and aims at moving Neuroimaging from bench to bedside to optimize therapeutic strategies in the field. He is enrolled in the MD/PhD program of the Einstein Center for Neurosciences and affiliated with the Lab of Andrea Kühn.

Lab Alumni

Till Dembek

Till is an affiliated postdoc mainly based in Cologne, Germany – with a longstanding relationship to the netstim. His main research focus is DBS mapping with an emphasize on voxel-wise statistics. Additionally, determining the orientation of directional DBS is one of his pet projects, which he also contributed to the Lead-DBS toolbox. Lately he also developed an interest into combining electrophysiological measurements and neuroimaging analyses to improve different aspects of DBS modeling.

While being most happy sitting in front of a Matlab screen, he is often forced to spent time in the hospital to further his neurology residency, which makes him a sad panda. To compensate for his dreadful existence as a doctor he likes bouldering, snowboarding, and spending time in the great outdoors. He also has a pretty cool dog.

Meera Chikermane

Meera is a PhD student at Charité who was visiting the Boston arm of the Netstim lab for a research stay to combine electrophysiology methods from her lab in Berlin with neuroimaging methods at the Netstim.

Her journey into the field of neuroscience began while she was still doing her bachelor’s studies in biology where she found herself increasingly intrigued by the hard problem of consciousness – or how physical matter gives rise to subjective conscious perception.

To dig deeper, she did her master’s in medical neuroscience in Berlin where her thesis used fMRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation to study the effect of virtual lesions on conscious experience in healthy humans.

She is now combining invasive electrophysiology, MRI connectomics and neurotransmitter uptake to study the relationship of beta oscillations and dopamine in the healthy human brain.

When she isn’t combining neuroimaging modalities to ask strange questions about the brain, she likes to play the classical guitar or take long walks in the city

Min Jae Kim

Min Jae joined the NetStim lab Boston in June 2022 as a research assistant. During his Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Neuroscience undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University, he trained at Johns Hopkins Neuromodulation and Advanced Treatment Center under Dr. Kelly Mills and investigate the network-level effect of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in neurocognition in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) using brain connectomics analysis.

Continuing his prior work, Min Jae is interested in studying the network-level effect of DBS on different neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. While working at the Netstim, he hoped to augment his understanding of image processing methodologies and pathophysiology of neurological disorders and utilize them during his practice as a future neurologist-scientist. He was surveying how different patterns of connectivity maps produced from DBS are differentially associated with clinical outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Utilizing methodologies in functional brain connectivity and MRI processing, he hopes to translate his project to better understand how specific connectivity patterns after DBS can have different therapeutic effect across a range of movement and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Aside from lab work, Min Jae loves biking and touring around Boston. Other than that, he loves entomology (the study of insects and arachnids). He fell in love with insects since he was five and is still fascinated with these little critters ever since. Fun fact: Min Jae had 5 pet tarantulas during college!

Ana Sofía Ríos Infante

Ana was a Master’s student in the International Graduate Program Medical Neurosciences and initially joined us in February 2020 for a lab rotation. To our delight, she decided to stay and complete her Master’s thesis within the NetStim lab. Prior to moving to Berlin, Ana completed her Medical Diploma in Mexico followed by a year-long work experience in the Genetic’s clinic of a public hospital.

Eagerly interested in neurodegenerative diseases, Ana strives to explore the effects of neuromodulation as a treatment option for different disorders. In the framework of her Master’s thesis, she was validating the WarpDrive tool, which has recently been developed by fellow lab member Simón Oxenford within the Lead-DBS environment. Her goal with this project was to manually improve accuracy of atlas fit at the level of specific brain nuclei (such as the STN or the fornix) across different datasets of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease patients. With regards to everyday life in the NetStim lab, Ana appreciates the relaxed environment and being surrounded by people that are both hard-working and supportive of each other.

Ana, whose favorite brain area is the corpus callosum, also admits to being a heavy coffee addict. In her free time, she likes to explore Berlin with her bike and discover small coffee spots all around the city, so hit her up if you’re looking for a list of the top addresses for Berlin’s most delicious coffee! She also really loves cooking and recently discovered a passion for playing Sudoku.

Leon Sobesky

Leon is a medical doctor who was working for his dissertation at the lab.

Qiang Wang

Qiang joined the NetStim team as a PhD student following the completion of his medical Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, both with a focus on Neurosurgery in the Guangdong province, China. He got fascinated by invasive network stimulation research in movement disorders already while working towards his Master’s degree, where he investigated Parkinson’s disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesias in rat models, conducted microelectrode implantation, as well as basic oscillatory activities analysis.

With a profound desire to translate his research into improving patients’ wellbeing, he strived to compare the similarities and differences between patient-specific and normative connectivity profiles seeding from deep brain stimulation electrodes for Parkinson’s disease within his PhD project, primarily by leveraging structural connectivity measures, including MRI and dMRI.

In the hope of his functional neurosurgery skill and scientific work mutually enriching each other in the future, Qiang’s most important mission is to continue informing his research with the help of patient experts-by-experience. He also likes to see research as a means of amplifying scientific advancements in order to make them available to a broader range of affected individuals. When in search for a helping hand or for somebody with whom to share some fun, waffles, and a good cup of original Chinese tea, Qiang is the person you’re looking for!