Many congratulations to Dr Katharina Glomb, the first INDIREA ESR to obtain her PhD! According to Katharina’s supervisor Gustavo Deco (Pompeu Fabra University) she has shown great efficiency, creativity and development of new ideas during her project. Undoubtedly Katharina has a very successful scientific career ahead of her, and we wish her all the best in the future!
Katharina: “As the first ESR to get started in the INDIREA programme, it is only fair that I should also be the first one to finish. I handed in my thesis about dynamic functional connectivity in spontaneous brain activity in October and defended in January. It was possibly one of the weirdest days of my life. The defense itself took place at 11am in front of a committee of three people which had been kind enough to read the whole thesis – Matthieu Gilson from my own lab, Mavi Sanchez-Vives from IDIBAPS in Barcelona, and Petra Ritter from the Charite University Medicine in Berlin. It took me until late in the evening to realize what had just happened and that I was really done; right after the defense, I was just exhausted and relieved.
In my thesis, I explored how communication between brain regions on a global level changes over time, and how to best describe the dynamics of these changes. The goal was not only to develop tools that could help to compare different brain states, patient groups, or tasks in terms of their dynamics, but also to contribute to our understanding of the brain as a dynamical system. I was very lucky to have Gustavo Deco as a supervisor and be part of INDIREA because I had lots of freedom while at the same time I was not alone at all. The INDIREA training camps were definitely highlights of my PhD, as was my research stay at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan. I feel that apart from learning a lot of science during the last three years, I now also have a much better idea of why I’m doing research, and hope that I can keep doing it, at least for the time being. In my postdoc, I’d like to look at data recorded with methods like EEG or ECoG additionally to fMRI, in order to connect different temporal and spatial scales, and I’d like to directly explore the relationship between spontaneous and task-evoked brain activity.”