Curriculum Vitae

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A current full CV can be downloaded here
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8920-5509
RESEARCHER ID: U-9166-2018

 


 

Short Biography

Pascal Vrticka is a senior researcher currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany). After studying biochemistry and neuroscience at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH; Zurich, Switzerland), he moved to the University of Geneva (Switzerland) for a PhD in social neuroscience – in association with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA). During his PhD and throughout his subsequent appointments first as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology of the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and subsequently as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine (California, USA) sponsored by a fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, he established close ties to the field of developmental psychology and in particular attachment theory. After moving to the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), Pascal Vrticka is continuing to promote the social neuroscience of human attachment as a new field of scientific investigation at the interface between social neuroscience and developmental psychology, both through his research and student supervision & teaching in association with the University of Leipzig and the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development.

 


Academic Career & Education

  • 2019 – present

    Senior Researcher
    Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Research Group “Social Stress and Family Health”, Leipzig, Germany.

  • 2015 – 2018

    Group Leader
    Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany.

  • 2014 – 2015

    Research Scientist
    Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany.

  • 2012-2014

    Postdoctoral Scholar
    Stanford University, CA, USA: Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). Sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

  • 2010-2011

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland: Laboratory for the Study of Emotion Perception and Elicitation (E3 lab) & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.

  • 2006-2009

    PhD Thesis & Graduate School of Affective Sciences
    Thesis title: “Social neuroscience of emotion perception and regulation: the influence of context and individual differences”. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland: Laboratory for Neurology and Imaging of Cognition & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences .

  • 2005

    Three months practical course
    Neuropsychology of alzheimer’s disease patients & neuroimaging (fMRI) of memory in healthy subjects; University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland: Division of Psychiatry Research, Neuropsychology and Imaging.

  • 2003-2004

    Three months practical course & Diploma thesis (MSc thesis)
    Thesis title: “Doxycycline as an anti-apoptotic substance in two in vitro models of alzheimer’s disease”; Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea: Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, ”National Creative Research Initiative Centre for Alzheimer’s Dementia”.

  • 1999-2005

    Double Major in Neuroscience
    (Development & Regeneration of the Nervous System; Behavioral Neuroscience); Minors in Biochemistry, Immunology and Pharmacology; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland: Diploma as natural scientist / MSc (Dipl. Natw. ETH).

  • 1992-1999

    Matura (general qualification for university entrance)
    Kantonsschule Alpenquai, Luzern, Switzerland.