Jana joined the Section of Medical Psychology as a PhD student in 2017 to study neurobiological mechanisms of loneliness. In her aspiring research, she uses a wide range of methods including fMRI, endocrinology, psychophysiology, and behavioral measures. Her PhD work (supervised by Prof. Dr. René Hurlemann, now head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Oldenburg) was part of an international collaborative project. This collaboration included a research stay at Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory’s lab (Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab, University of Haifa, Israel) in 2018.
Jana studied psychology at the University of Bonn, where she completed her bachelor’s thesis in 2014. In 2015, she completed a research internship at the section before returning to the lab for her master’s thesis project on oxytocinergic influences on posttraumatic stress symptoms. After a short research internship in the lab of Prof. Patrick Jern (Abo Akademi University, Finland) in 2016, she finished her master’s studies in psychology with distinction in 2017. In 2023, she submitted her PhD thesis and is now counting the days to receive her degree in October.
At neuroMADLAB, Jana is working as a postdoc in the DFG-funded project on gut-brain interactions in major depressive disorder. In addition to her academic achievements, she has also managed to coin the name for her favorite goal at the lab’s foosball table.