About me

The focus of my research is on biological signatures of chronic stress. I’m especially interested in the method and application of heart rate variability (HRV), the investigation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and indicators of allostatic load. My interest is to find conclusive combinations of parameters that integrate genetic, neural, physiological, psychological, behavioral and environmental factors that promote or inhibit the development of stress-related disorders. For this purpose I am involving various measurement methods such as structural and functional MRI, psychometric measures, physiological as well as biological assessments.

  • Biomarkers of stress
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Integrative models of stress and stress management
  • HRV measurement and analysis
  • Biofeedback
  • Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL)
  • Functional Connectivity (fcMRI)

University Bern Psychiatric Services (UPD)
University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Division of Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology
Translational Research Center
Bolligenstr. 111
CH-3000 Bern 60

Sanatorium Kilchberg AG
Belvedere – Zentrum für stressbedingte Erkrankungen
Alte Landstrasse 70
CH-8802 Kilchberg