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Professional experience

 

Researcher, PostDoc, 

German Primate Center, Sensorimotor Group of Alexander Gail,

Göttingen, Germany

12 / 2022 - present   

 

  • Leading the project "Full-body actions beyond walking," collaborating with machine vision experts to develop a machine learning-based tracking system for free-roaming monkeys.

  • Established robust data management and analysis infrastructure tailored to novel data types.

  • Mentored students and presented research findings at international conferences.

  • Conceptualised and executed an innovative experiment with freely moving rhesus macaques

  • Successfully trained and recorded from rhesus macaques with 128-channel wireless electrophysiological recordings.

 

 

Researcher, PhD Student

German Primate Center, Sensorimotor Group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail

Göttingen, Germany

August 2018 - December 2022

 

Project 1:

  • Led the project "Constructing a novel environment for freely moving rhesus macaques," advancing systems neuroscience.

  • Designed and implemented an in-house camera acquisition system using Python for synchronised recordings.

  • Seamlessly integrated diverse recording systems into laboratory software.

  • Led a dynamic team of 7 scientists within a larger interdisciplinary group of 15 experts.

  • Contributed to a large-scale scientific collaboration securing €12.5 million in funding.

  • work in progress: publishing in peer-reviewed journals

 

Project 2:

  • Led the project “Neural correlates of action effect anticipation” and development of a paradigm for chair-seated rhesus macaques.

  • Developed a specialised software solution for touchscreens and conducted data analysis with Matlab.

  • Trained rhesus macaques and conducted 256-channel electrophysiological recordings.

  • Analysed data and wrote detailed written reports of research findings and conclusions

 

Project 3: 

  • Led research, development, and construction of an innovative haptic device for freely moving rhesus macaques

  • Designed and programmed an innovative task for a European project with €4.2 million in funding.

  • Led an interdisciplinary team of 4, spanning various fields and skills.

  • Trained rhesus macaques and conducted wireless neural recordings with 192 channels.

  • Analysed data and wrote detailed written reports of research findings and conclusions

  • work in progress: publishing in peer-reviewed journals

 

Project 4:

  • Part of the interdisciplinary and European project “Deep Movement Diagnostics (DeMoDiag)” developing computer vision-based diagnostic tools for movement disorders.

  • Designed a modular experimental room with synchronised cameras for precise marker-less tracking.

  • Conducted a pilot study involving 13 subjects, validating the diagnostic tools.

  • Utilised Python-based machine learning algorithms for data analysis.

  • Analysed data and wrote detailed written reports of research findings and conclusions

  • work in progress: publishing in peer-reviewed journals

 

Internship

German Primate Center, Sensorimotor Group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail

Göttingen, Germany

October 2017 - August 2018

 

  • Developed a novel method for custom-fitting and designing cranial implants used in systems neuroscience.

  • Created an open-source pipeline for custom design and fitting of implants.

  • Published research in a peer-reviewed journal and provided a comprehensive GitHub repository.

 

 

Quality and Project Manager

H+H Maslanka

Tuttlingen, Germany

March 2015 - September 2015

 

  • Conducted quality assessment and improvement for process engineering methods.

  • Gained hands-on experience in precision mechanics, soldering, and lathe work.

  • Executed endurance tests and analysed results for endoscope components.

  • Conducted research and testing of novel materials for endoscopy quality improvement.

 

 

Project Manager

Karl Storz Endoscopy

Tuttlingen, Germany

September 2013 - February 2014

 

  • Conducted market analysis for competitive products

  • Designed and executed experiments using novel materials.

 

Product Manager

Karl Storz Endoscopy

Schaffhausen, Switzerland

March 2013 - September 2013

 

  • Developed an application tip for a holmium laser light guide for use in Otorhinolaryngology.

  • Designed and executed experiments using novel materials.

 

 

Education

 

PhD Candidate

German Primate Center, Sensorimotor Group of Prof. Dr. Alexander Gail

Göttingen, Germany

August 2018 - December 2022

 

  • Degree: Dr. rer. nat.

  • Thesis Title: "Neural correlates of action effect anticipation - towards ecologically more relevant paradigms."

 

 

M.Sc. in Neuroscience

University of Oldenburg, Lab of Prof. Dr. Jutta Kretzberg

Oldenburg, Germany

October 2015 - September 2017

 

  • Thesis Title: "Intracellular Recordings and Hodgkin-Huxley Model simulation of leech neurons."

 

 

B.Sc. in Medical Engineering

Hochschule Furtwangen

Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

March 2011 - February 2015

 

  • Degree: Ing.(FH)

  • Thesis Title: "Development of an application tip for a holmium laser light guide for applications in Otorhinolaryngology."

 

Computer Skills

 

  • Matlab: Excellent

  • Python: Good

  • SciLab: Good

  • C++: Basic knowledge

  • Arduino: Excellent

  • Microsoft Office: Excellent

  • Fusion 360: Excellent

  • Rhino: Very good

  • SolidWorks: Very good

  • ProEngineer: Basic knowledge

 

 

Languages

 

  • English: Fluent in speaking and writing (C1)

  • German: Fluent in speaking and writing (Native language)

  • Urdu: Fluent in speaking (Native language)

  • Hindi: Fluent in speaking

  • Italian: Level A2

 

 

Awards

 

 

 

Extracurricular Activities (more details upon request)

 

  • Chair of Organization Team of the Women Career and Networks Symposium

  • Team member of sub-team Finances of Women Careers and Networks Symposium

  • Participant of the Margaret-Maltby Mentoring Program

  • PhD Representative at the DPZ

  • Member of Leibniz PhD Network

  • Member of GGNB Times

  • Co-Chair of Neuroscience Student Body Council at the University of Oldenburg

  • Member of the Admission Committee of Master’s Program ‘Neuroscience’ at the University of Oldenburg

  • Member of Career Day Neuroscience organization team at the University of Oldenburg

  • Member of Department Council at University of Oldenburg

  • Member of the Faculty Council at Hochschule Furtwangen

  • Member of Buddy Program at Hochschule Furtwangen

  • Participation at Dundee Youth Festival

  • Teaching Urban Dance

 

Invited and conference Talks

  • Various invited talks and conference presentations at international events (for more details please refer to corresponding website tab) 

 

 

Outreach / Science Communication

 

  • Active involvement in public engagement and science communication efforts(for more details please refer to corresponding website tab) 

 

 

Publications

 

  • Authored papers and conference posters in various scientific journals and conferences (for more details please refer to corresponding website tab) 

PhD price for the best dissertation of the year 2022 supported by the Maclean-Erkelenz foundation
https://www.dpz.eu/en/news/news/single-view/news/neurowissenschaftlerin-gewinnt-promotionspreis-des-deutschen-primatenzentrums.html

Young Investigator Award at the Neurizons Conference
https://www.neurizons.uni-goettingen.de/

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