I am a psychologist with almost 20 years of research experience in academia and industry.
My research has been largely at the intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and nutrition. It focused on understanding how the human mind processes food. I ask how different senses contribute to the experience of food, how taste is shaped by experience and external cues, and how we can influence taste and boost acceptance to foster healthy eating behavior. In recent years, I research the postive effects of fragrances; how they boost wellbeing.
My expertise is in linking brain measures with behavior and the development of state-of-the art methods of controlled chemosensory stimulation required to study this link.
2018 - 2021
2016 - 2017
2012 - 2017
2011 - 2012
2007 - 2010
Head of Perception & Cognitive Neuroscience, dsm-firmenich, Geneva
Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Food Science, Pennsylvania State University
Privatdozentin, Dept. of Psychology, Münster University
Lecturer, University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
Research group leader, Research Center Jülich
Professor of General Psychology, Medical School Berlin
Research group leader, Deut. Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam
Postdoc, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia
Postdoc, Nestlè Research Center, Lausanne
Dr. rer. nat. in Psychology, Leipzig University
Diploma in Psychology, University Magdeburg
The loss of smell and of taste occurs often with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). We brought together experts in the Global Consortium of Chemosensory Researchers (GCCR) to study how, when, and why this happens and how we can train our noses. We currently do not run any more studies.
2017 DuPont Nutrition & Health Science Excellence Medal. Danisco Foundation.
2017 Ajinomoto Award for Young Investigators in Gustation. AChemS.
2016 Brain Products Young Scientist Award. German Society for Psychophysiology and its Applications.
2013 Leibniz Mentoring for highly-qualified women researchers. Leibniz Association
2013 Polak Young Investigator Award. Association for Chemoreception Sciences.