Curriculum Vitae

Education and training

Since 2020

Junior research group leader
Human Perception and Action Laboratory
Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop, Technische Universität Dresden


Post-doctoral research fellow (Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions fellowship)
Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London
PI: Prof. Karl Friston


Post-doctoral researcher
Neurocomputation and Neuroimaging Unit, Freie Universität Berlin
PI: Prof. Felix Blankenburg


Ph.D. (Psychology, Grade: Summa cum laude)
Department of Education and Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin and Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Thesis: A generative model of body ownership and minimal selfhood
Supervisor: Prof. Felix Blankenburg, Prof. Arno Villringer


Graduate Minor (Cognitive Science, Grade: A)
Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Supervisors: Prof. James Cutting, Prof. David Field


Diploma (Psychology, Grade: A)
Department of Psychology, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Thesis: The influence of induced expectations on illusory experience in the rubber hand illusion
Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Holt, Prof. Joachim Funke

Awards and sholarships

Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions individual fellowship (2017, 24 months)

Merit abstract award (Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2016)

Dissertation prize of the Barbara-Wengeler-Stiftung, awarded for fostering the interdisciplinary exchange between neuroscience and philosophy (2015)

Postdoctoral scholarship (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 2014-2015, 6 months)

Trainee abstract award (Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2013)

Ph.D. scholarship (Berlin School of Mind and Brain, 2011-2014, 36 months)

Travel grant USA (Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 2008)

Graduate exchange scholarship: Cornell University, NY (Cornell-Heidelberg exchange program, 2008-2009, 2 semesters)

Student scholarship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2005-2011)

Reviewer functions

Body Image; Brain Imaging and Behavior; Brain Research; Cerebral Cortex; Cognition; Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience; eLife; Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Frontiers in Psychology; IEEE VR; Journal of Clinical Medicine; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Neuroscience; MIT Press; NeuroImage; New Ideas in Psychology; PLoS One; Philosophical Psychology; Psychology and Neuroscience; Psychophysiology; Scientific Reports; Trends in Cognitive Sciences; WIREs Cognitive Science.

Dissertation committee member for Jan Herding, ‘Principles of perceptual decision making: insights from a somatosensory comparison task’ (August 2017).

Program committee member for the Designed Mind Symposium (Edinburgh, November 2017).

Scholarship committee member for the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2015 and 2016).

Teaching experience


Janis Keck, Bachelor thesis: ‘Neuronal correlates of tactile stimuli under active vs. passive movements’ (2017-2018).

Pietro Sarasso, Ph.D. project: ‘Multisensory integration in a virtual reality environment’ (2016-2017).

Luca Kröger, Bachelor thesis: ‘Investigating early multisensory body representation: an fMRI study using virtual reality in a modified rubber hand illusion paradigm’ (2016).

Lena Bünger, Bachelor thesis: ‘Neuronal correlates of errors in visuomotor integration tasks’ (2016).

Lea Krauter, Bachelor thesis: ‘Neuronal activity related to the sensory error processing of one’s own hand movement’ (2015).



‘Empirical-experimental practical seminar’, BSc Psychology (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

‘Commonalities and differences in self- and other-representation’, BSc Psychology (2015)

‘Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging’, BSc Psychology (2015, 2016, 2017)

‘Applications of virtual reality for psychologists’, BSc Psychology (2015)

‘Crossmodal interactions and multisensory integration in the brain’, BSc Psychology (2015)

‘Philosophy of mind’, MSc/Diploma Psychology (2010-2011)

‘Tutorial: Online studies‘, MSc/Diploma Psychology (2007-2008)


Public outreach

Interactive workshops on the “rubber hand illusion” and its implications for body-representation during the Brain Awareness Weeks and the Long Night of Sciences (2012-2016)

Presentations of “the scientific career” and of my research at school visits, e.g. Rütli-Schule (2012, 2013)