Postdoctoral Research Assistant
- Trial Manager
Researcher in biological psychology with a focus on the environmental effects on neural structure and function
My research focuses on understanding how adverse lifetime experiences affect the structure and function of the brain. During my PhD I conducted experiments using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), neuroendocrine biomarkers, eye tracking and experimentally-induced paradigms of acute stress to evaluate the role of the cerebellum in the neurobiology of the stress response. This led to my current work investigating the neural signatures of long-term stress exposure. More specifically, I work on large cohort data to test theories of probable mechanisms underlying the neurobiological consequences of cortisol reactivity. To do this, I use multivariate analysis techniques and machine learning on the UK Biobank resource and other large cohort data on the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).
Finally, in my Trial Management position I support delivery of clinical research activity across multiple trial delivery centres in England, as part of the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Longitudinal Cohort Study (EPAD LCS).
Associations of perceived adverse lifetime experiences with brain structure in UK Biobank participants
GHEORGHE D. et al, (2020), Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry