Cecilia joins the lab as Phd Student

Today, we are thrilled to welcome Cecilia Vezzani to the neuroMADLAB. Cecilia recently graduated with an M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oslo. She conducted her thesis work on opioid-induced changes in reinforcement learning during stress in Siri Leknes’ lab. Moreover, she worked as a teaching and research assistant at the Department of Psychology.

Before moving to Oslo for her master’s, Cecilia obtained her B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Bologna. She also studied as an exchange student at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Isreal focusing on psychopathology and the treatment of mental disorders and as an Erasmus+ student at the University of Bergen.

Cecilia is broadly interested in affective neuroscience and decision-making with an emphasis on the modulation of choices and learning by affective and bodily states as well as rewards. To better understand neural mechanisms of behavioral control, she uses pharmacological interventions and investigates neuroendocrine modulations. In addition to her curricular activities, she was an active member of the student parliament and the Vice President of the local chapter of Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund at the University of Oslo. In addition, she was engaged in the meetings of the local ReproducibiliTea chapter.

Outside of the lab, Cecilia is a skilled Flutist and she will now add a fifth European language to her growing repertoire. If you want to more about where she is headed, make sure to follow her on Twitter @Cecivez

Nils has received a Publons Peer Review Award

Every year during Peer Review Week, Publons celebrates the service of reviewers as #SentinelsofScience, who demonstrate their commitment to quality and integrity of scholarly publications. We are happy to announce that this year, Nils has won a Peer Review Award in the category Neuroscience & Behavior as one of the top 1% reviewers in the field. Congratulations!


For more information, check out his Publons profile.

DAAD RISE: Welcome, Naria!


It is a pleasure for us to announce that we have a new member in our team. A student supported by the RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was successfully placed in our group.

Naria Quazi is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Studying Neurobiology and Psychology at her home university, Naria has a fascination with how the brain works both at the molecular and behavioral level. Naria will be joining neuroMADLAB for the summer of 2018.


the neuroMADLAB end-of-the-year review

It’s almost time for the lab to head off into the holiday break, so we thought we should take a look back at the past year (the first year that neuroMADLAB existed), collect our personal highlights and share them with you.

Enjoy the review, take a look around our brand new website and have great holidays! See you next year!

  • 01/01: Official starting date of the junior research group at the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Tübingen
  • 09/01: Okay, it is Southern Germany, so basically no one is working before the 6th
  • 18/01: Nils hosts the first journal club of the Section of Translational Psychiatry. Lots of fMRI from now on. And discussions about stats, of course
  • 07/02: Monja joined neuroMADLAB for her Master’s thesis
  • 01/04: Vanessa joined neuroMADLAB as a PhD Student
  • 28/06: Nils gives a talk at OHBM
  • 19/07: Nils receives a junior research group grant by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tübingen
  • 14/08: We got data! The first subject for the new tVNS project was measured

  • 22/08: Ellie joined neuroMADLAB as our very own MATLAB-controlled candy dispenser, thanks to Vanessa. Happy birthday pal!
  • 21/09: Nils gives a talk at the neuroeconomics seminar, University of Zurich
  • 27/09: Vanessa receives a fellowship within the Open Science Fellows Program by Wikimedia Germany, Stifterverband and Volkswagenstiftung
  • 29/09: Nils receives a grant from the Else Kroener-Fresenius-Stiftung
  • 01/10: Caro joined neuroMADLAB as a PhD student
  • 01/10: Franzi joined neuroMADLAB for her medical doctoral thesis
  • 02/10: We take the power of effort in shaping reward value seriously: The new members are celebrated with handground coffee
  • 25/10: Monja & Vanessa host the first PhD happy hour (ProSt)
  • 07/11: Initial release of the fmreli toolbox, our first open resource built to help improve the reliability of fMRI data
  • 07/11: neuroMADLAB finally got its name. And a twitter handle. What a day 🙂
  • 09/12: Unofficial launch of neuroMADLAB.com
  • 15/12: Caro showcases once more her profound skills in image acquisition and processing at a whole other level. A picture is worth a thousand words (and some freezing):