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

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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.

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ACADEMIC CAREER

2019 – presentinstitute-logo
Senior Researcher; Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Research Group “Social Stress and Family Health”, Leipzig, Germany.

2015 – 2018institute-logo
Group Leader; Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany.

2014 – 2015institute-logo
Research Scientist; Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Department of Social Neuroscience, Leipzig, Germany.

2012 – 2014logo_header_som2
Postdoctoral Scholar; Stanford University, CA, USA: Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). Sponsored by the Swiss
National Science Foundation (SNSF).

2010 – 2011CISA_UniGe
Postdoctoral Researcher; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland: Laboratory for the Study of Emotion Perception and Elicitation (E3 lab) & Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.

2006 – 2009CISA_UniGe
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 .

2005uzh_logo
Three months practical course in 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 – 2004SNU
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 – 2005ETHZ
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 – 1999kantonsschule_alpenquai_luzern_f2
Matura (general qualification for university entrance);
Kantonsschule Alpenquai, Luzern, Switzerland.