About me

Appointed Associate Professor (Docent) of Neuroscience in May 2020, I am a Senior Lecturer and Research Group Leader at the Aging Research Center (ARC). I received my PhD in Psychology in 2007 at the University of Caen/Basse-Normandie (France), and continued with my postdoctoral research from 2008 to 2010 at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology (Umeå University, Sweden). I was employed as Research Associate at ARC from 2010 to 2014, and Senior Researcher from 2014 to 2021. I am also a licensed psychologist since 2004, with training in neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery of the Hospital of Caen.

Research description

My main field of research is the effects of aging on structural, molecular and functional brain integrity, in relation to cognition, with a special focus on memory. I use a broad range of Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques and Positron Emission Tomography.

I am the principal investigator of the IronAge project, in which the impact of brain iron concentration on brain activity, psychomotor and memory performance in aging is studied. Another aim is to uncover the genetic, physiological and lifestyle determinants of brain iron accumulation.

IronAge project: https://ki-su-arc.se/research/iron-protocol/

I am the scientific coordinator of the MRI database of SNAC-K. The original protocol contains longitudinal structural neuroimaging data on 1002 brains (years 2001-2010). We are currently collecting new MRI data at SUBIC (Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre) using the Siemens Prisma 3.0T scanner (structure, white-matter hyperintensities, microbleeds, iron, resting-state functional connectivity, white-matter microstructure).

SNAC-K: https://www.snac-k.se/

Teaching portfolio

I am the leader of the doctoral course "Integration of neuroimaging and cognition in normal aging and dementia" (course 2846), integrated within the Neuroscience programme at KI.

I teach regularly at the undergraduate level in the Psychology programme at KI since 2011.

Since 2019, I am deputy for the division of Aging Research Center of the Committee for Doctoral Education at the NVS department.