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I did my Ph.D. in medical imaging jointly at Technical University of Munich with Nassir Navab and at Imperial College London with Guang-Zhong Yang (2008-2012). My doctoral thesis focused on scene recognition in medical images using pattern recognition and machine learning methods.
Learning and memory, fear, extinction, adolescence, d-cycloserine, retrieval-extinction, calcium.
My research examines how fear is inhibited in the adolescent brain. Adolescence is a period of increased vulnerability to anxiety disorders and the brain undergoes substantial maturation during adolescence, particularly in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), a region critical for inhibiting fear in adults. I am interested in how adolescents may be less efficient in utilising prefrontal regions to inhibit fear.
Behavioural and neural consequences of drug addiction, external factors that might promote or contribute to the development and maintenance of drug addiction, the involvement of epigenetic factors, including histone acetylation in the encoding of drug-associated memories, choice paradigms, habits and actions in drug addiction.