I grew up in a tiny village in the mountains of Switzerland where most people never consider going to college or moving beyond the valley. Although I am not a first-generation college student, I am the only one among my siblings with a college degree and the only one in my family with a PhD. Thus, navigating higher education, and moreover, pursuing post-doctoral training abroad was a highly unusual choice, not only within my family, but also for a Swiss native. As a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Experimental Psychologist, my research focuses on working memory and related higher cognitive functions across the lifespan. Within that domain, I am interested in ways to improve learning in typically-developing populations, however, a large part of my work also focuses on vulnerable populations, such as children from at-risk backgrounds or older adults.
I see my role as DECADE mentor in facilitating conversations and collaborations among students and faculty, but also across disciplines, generations, and communities, which I think is critically important for advancing science and promoting learning and innovation for all. Finally, I strongly believe that fostering an inclusive intellectual climate of discourse and exchange is not only important from a scientific perspective, but it is also fun! Feel free to stop by at any time – you’ll find me either in my office (3452) or in my lab over in MPAA (341-344).