Research interests

The primary focus of my research revolves around brain states; how they are dynamically established, enforced by top-down influences, and how we can modulate them. During my PhD, I experimentally addressed the role of rhythmic brain activity in enabling flexible and swift reconfiguration of the functional state of networks. The project also aimed to introduce a new method to alter network configurations to experimentally address their role in carrying out cognitive processes. The method involved a combined and concurrent use of tACS, TMS and EEG. Currently I am working on using brain states to inform parameters to modulate the ongoing state. I am implementing state-dependent auditory stimulation during sleep to modulate slow rhythmic activity. One of our aims is to apply this approach to induce selective sleep deprivation, as a treatment approach for MDD. In a project that is currently in development, I aim to investigate how brain states are enforced by top-down influences. As these enforcing influences constrain the extent to which we can shape neuronal activity, manipulating these control processes before the target intervention may lead to more robust and predictable effects. The project will involve a combination of TMS, tACS and fMRI.

Employment & Education

 2018 - Present  Postdoc researcher at the University of Bern
 2018  Ph.D. degree, University of Bern (Advisor: PD. Dr. Yosuke Morishima)
 2013  BA in Philosophy at the University of Skövd
 2013  MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skövde
 2012  BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Skövde