Profile – Katrina Deane

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Katrina Deane

Job title:

PhD Candidate

Place of work / study:

Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology

Area of Research:

Neuroscience, electro-physiology, auditory cortex microcircuitry, optogenetic manipulation of synaptic dynamics.

How is your work funded:

WGL/LIN Special project – 2018-2021

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am originally from Michigan and did a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Michigan Tech before moving to Hamburg. I then completed a Master’s in Integrative Neuroscience here in Magdeburg where I happily stayed for my PhD. I am new to programming but it’s my favourite part of the work. At home I love to play video games and make neuron art (you can view and buy my neuron art from Displate and Redbubble).

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I have enjoyed several fun jobs but one of my favourites: I was a tour guide one summer in the copper mine, Adventure Mine. This job included rappelling further down the mine shaft.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I don’t currently work with dementia directly but I wouldn’t rule out going that way in the future. As a basic researcher, I’m happy to know that my research exists in what will hopefully become the foundation of further understanding dementia.

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