People

Kathrin Koch. Kathrin completed her PhD at the medical faculty of the RWTH Aachen, Germany. She then continued as a post-doc at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Jena, to investigate altered brain structure and function in obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis. Since 2012 she is affiliated with the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the TUM Neuroimaging Center (TUM-NIC). She is faculty member of the TUM School of Medicine and Health, the TUM graduate school Medical Life Science and Technology (MLST) and the LMU Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences  (GSN-LMU).

Hanyang Ruan. Hanyang holds a Bachelor degree in Clinical Medicine and a Master degree in Psychiatry and Mental Health from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  He is currently doing his PhD, focusing on approaches to analyze dynamics and topology of resting-state fMRI data. His research explores how these techniques can be used to investigate tDCS-induced brain activity changes in patients with OCD.

Daniela Rodriguez Manrique. Daniela obtained a Master degree in neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. Daniela is doing her PhD investigating the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on inhibition in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients. Additionally, she has worked with resting-state parameters describing low-frequency oscillations in OCD.

Sandra Gigl. Sandra studied Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Neurosciences at the LMU. In her doctoral research, she investigates the effects of an exoskeleton-supported motor training on structural and functional brain changes in individuals with a middle cerebral artery stroke.

Elisabeth Grossmann. Elisabeth is a final-year medical student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), interested in the neural mechanisms of pathologies and brain rehabilitation. In her doctoral thesis she examines motor neurorehabilitation in stroke patients using fMRI. She is also part of a research group investigating the sense of agency in human-machine interaction with an fMRI-compatible hand exoskeleton. Elisabeth is a wood sculptor and enjoys art, politics, and philosophy in her free time.

Ivelina Kaleva. Ivelina is a medical student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Her academic interests lie in clinical research, specifically focusing on how motivation and mental state influence brain changes and connectivity measures observed in fMRI scans of stroke patients undergoing exoskeleton-supported motor training. Outside her studies, Ivelina enjoys swimming and painting. She also volunteers as a Bulgarian-German translator, helping patients in German hospitals.

Behcet Ayyildiz. Behcet holds a Master degree in Anatomy from the University of Istanbul. He is currently doing his PhD, focusing on the functional and structural roles of the pulvinar subnuclei in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). His research aims to explore functional and anatomical brain changes, particularly in the thalamus and hippocampus, using MRI modalities to study various neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Julian Haun. Julian is a 10th semester medical student at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar of TUM. He is especially interested in clinical research. In his doctoral thesis he is currently investigating the association between tDCS effects and individual brain structure in patients suffering from OCD. In his free time, Julian enjoys playing Tennis and cooking.

Manuel Wilke. Manuel is currently doing his Master thesis in cooperation with the Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS). He is investigating the topic of sense-of-agency while also optimizing the functionalities of an MRI-compatible exoskeleton that will then be employed to explore functional and structural brain alterations in stroke patients.

Looking for a PhD or PostDoc Position?

For prospective PhD students or PostDocs: Please get in contact for open positions (kathrin.koch@tum.de).