Dr Gesa Hartwigsen
Gesa Hartwigsen is an independent research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig.
Her research group Cognition and Plasticity focuses on adaptive plasticity in neural networks for cognition across the adult life span. Gesa combines non-invasive brain stimulation with neuroimaging and EEG to study plasticity and compensation in the healthy young and aging brain and in patients with brain lesions. She completed her PhD on the role of the right hemisphere in language processing in 2010 with Hartwig Siebner at Kiel University. During her PhD, she started using multifocal TMS approaches to investigate interactions between key language areas. Gesa did a postdoc with Dorothee Saur and Joseph Classen at Leipzig University, performing multi-method research on language networks. In 2013, she was appointed as Junior Professor for Biological Psychology at Kiel University. She returned to Leipzig in 2015 to work as a research group leader at MPI-CBS in the Department of Neuropsychology with Angela Friederici. In 2019, she was appointed as independent Lise Meitner research group leader.