Katharina Dobs

Katharina Dobs | Research Group Leader

Katha leads this group of fantastic people since October 2020. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT where she worked with Nancy Kanwisher. During her first Postdoc at CNRS-CerCo she worked with Leila Reddy and Weiji Ma. She completed her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics under the supervision of Isabelle BülthoffJohannes Schultz and Justin Gardner.

If she's not doing science, Katha loves to travel (the commute between Munich and Giessen not so much) and to spend time with her family, her three kids and friends.


Elaheh Akbari

Elaheh Akbari | PhD student

Elaheh has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. She has a keen interest in computational neuroscience and especially computational mechanisms underlying face perception. She is mainly interested in using CNNs as a testbed for exploring human face perception and the functional organization of the visual stream.

When she is not doing research, she reads novels, takes long walks in nature, and explores new cultures.

Lenny van Dyck

Leonard van Dyck | PhD student

Lenny is co-supervised with Martin Hebart. He received his MSc in Psychology with specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Salzburg. His main research interest focuses on how our brain processes and organizes visual information. He has a passion for all kinds of dimensional approaches, ranging from neural data analysis to distinguishing nuances in coffee flavor.

Lenny loves to spend his free time hiking in the mountains or campervanning around the world.


Pranjul Gupta

Pranjul Gupta | PhD student

Pranjul attained his bachelor's of technology degree in India and his master's of science degree in Germany. His main research interest is the computational software (AI) of human visual perception. He uses python, statistics, deep learning, EEG, MEG, fMRI, psychophysics, including many other awesome data-driven scientific methods to better understand face perception in different areas of the brain.


Hilal Nizamoglu

Hilal Nizamoglu | PhD student

For the past four years, Hilal has dived deep in the action perception and biological motion literature during her BSc and MSc years in Turkey. Currently, she is doing her PhD studies on understanding the role of facial movements on face processing and identification. She is very much interested in neuroimaging tools including fMRI and EEG, and she would like to improve her skills on computational neuroscience.

In her free time, she likes to go hiking and teach herself a new word in any of the world languages. One day she wants to visit and write about Jazz Cafés all over the globe.


Sule Tasliyurt-Celebi

Sule Tasliyurt-Celebi | PhD student

Sule has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in cognitive science. She is currently focusing on how scene information affects face processing behavior by combining psychophysical tools including eye tracking with computational modeling.

In her free time, Sule takes advantage of living in the middle of Europe to travel a lot and enjoy the wonderful nature.