In 2007 I obtained my MSc degree in applied psychology at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. I specialized in two directions: ‘Clinical Psychology of Somatic Illness, Palliative Care’ and ‘Neuroscience and Neuropsychology’. During the course of my studies I became increasingly interested in the biological basics of mental health and illness. Wanting to understand more the complex ways in which the brain works I got engaged in preclinical research. As a consequence the topic of my master thesis was: ‘Strain-specific response to kappa opioid receptor ligands is modulated by social isolation stress’. Currently, I am a PhD student at the behavioral genetics group of Martien Kas in the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience.
My thesis is focused on genetic factors contributing to hyperactivity – a phenotype often observed between eating disorder patients. I also aim at validating the significance of this phenotype for the development of eating disorders.
My professional interests concern: biological basis of psychiatric disorders; susceptibility factors for psychiatric disorders; translational neuroscience; thin line between mental health and illness.