Main Focus

  • Individual differences in language learning in children with and without learning disabilities (dyslexia), attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, developmental language disorder
  • The neurobiology of reading in children and adults with and without reading impairments
  • Adaptive plasticity/compensation in neural networks of language and reading explored through combined non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging
  • Mental health in individuals with learning disorders

Curriculum Vitae


10/2014-10/2019    Dr. phil. in English Studies: Applied Linguistics (Neurolinguistics), University of                                          Graz (passed with distinction)
03/2010-02/2014     BA in Linguistics, University of Graz (passed with distinction)
09/2007-07/2012     Mag. phil. (Diplom) Teaching Degree in English & French, University of Graz                                            (passed with distinction)

Academic experience

04/2023-04/2027     Postdoc, Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Leipzig University
                                    DFG-funded project within the research unit MeMoSLAP (
                                    Project: Enhancing verbal working memory by focalized tDCS                        

08/2020-11/2022     Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers
                                     Project: Exploring the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia with combined
                                     neurostimulation and neuroimaging
09/2019-08/2020     Postdoc Lise Meitner Research Group Cognition and Plasticity, MPI CBS Leipzig, Germany
10/2017-10/2018     Career programme for female scientists/scholars
                                    "Competencies, strategies and networks" (UniGraz, MedUni Graz, TU Graz &                                      KunstUni Graz, Austria)
10/2017-10/2019     DOC-team fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
                                     Project: Exploring individual differences in language learning abilities: from
                                     linguistic morphology to brain morphology
since 01/2015           Active member of the research group “Music and Brain” (led by Dr. P. Schneider)
                                     Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
07/2018-10/2018      Visiting researcher, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
01/2016-03/2016      Internship, Department for Neuropsychology, MPI CBS Leipzig, Germany
01/2015-07/2015      Visiting researcher, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
02/2012-05/2012      Visiting researcher, Communication Disorders Treatment and Research
                                      Clinic, University of Sydney, Australia
12/2010-05/2011       Semester abroad, Université de Montréal, Canada

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