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Team Members

Diverse group from around the world!


In my Research Group at NTNU, we are interested in discovering why some older adults show mood disorders to improve prevention and treatment for this age population. We aim to understand neurological, behavioral, and physiological risk and protective factors playing a role in developing mood disorders in ging. We use behavioral, neuroimaging, and physiological methods

Reza Bonyadi

Affiliated Researcher 

Reza has a PhD in Math and computer science and is an expert in machine learning. He advises how to use machine learning within the neuroimaging field and combine heterogeneous data with improving the detection and prediction of psychopathology or Alzheimer's disease. 

Stian Framvik

Lab technician

Stian has a Master of Neuroscience and years of experience in cognitive neuroscience research and neuroimaging. He is the primary contact person for collecting neuroimaging data at the 7T for our ongoing projects. He is originally from Norway.

Shuer Ye

PhD student

Shuer has an engineering background and graduated with a clinical neuroscience degree in his Master's degree. He joined the team in October 2021 and currently working on resilience and age-related brain changes among the elderly population. He is mainly interested in understanding the temporal dynamics of brain networks and their role in emotional processing. He is originally from China.

Xiaoran Gao

PhD student

Xiaoran is a PhD student joining the lab focusing on the amygdala and emotional processing in aging. She has worked with TMS and resting state fMRI previously, and following research training in Spain working on language and brain networks, she joined the lab in March 2023. She is originally from China.

Leona Rahel Bätz

Master student

Leona is a Master's student interested in aging and emotional processes. Particularly she is interested to investigate the integration and segregation of brain networks in late adulthood and their relations to social and emotional processes. She is originally from Germany and is currently involved in the Master of Neuroscience Program at NTNU.

Arjun Dave

PhD student

Arjun is a PhD student who joined the lab in April 2023 focusing on the role of locus coeruleus and social cognitive functions in aging. He has worked on cognitive functions and IQ in aged populations using a large-scale dataset during his Master's from Birmingham University. He is originally from India. 

Avneesh Jain

Master Student

Avneesh is a Master's student in the group working on decision making and aging. He is interested to find out what happens when we have uncertainty in our decision making and if the mechanisms are affected by age. He is originally from India and moved to Norway for his Master's degree in Neuroscience.

Reza Ebrahimian

Exchange Master Student

Reza is a Master student from the University of Padova and is currently on an Erasmus scholarship to explore machine learning methods to predict the cognitive and emotional decline in older age. He plays guitar professionally and is a very good singer! 

Janina Klarmann

Exchange Bachelor Student

Janina is a Bachelor's student visiting from Germany for 6 months in the lab working on 

psychopathology and emotion processing. She is a registered nurse and likes to work on 

understanding human emotions and mental health! 

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