Team & collaborators at Linköping University, Sweden

Kajsa Igelström, PhD Research leader Kajsa is finishing up her postdoctoral work at Princeton University with Prof Graziano and Prof Kastner to move to Linköping University in her native Sweden. Apart from probing brain function through questionnaires and brain scans, Kajsa engages in an active dialogue with the autism community. Her personal experience with autism creates a natural affinity with the community.  Click here to read more about Kajsa.

Kajsa Igelström, PhD
Research leader

Kajsa is finishing up her postdoctoral work at Princeton University with Prof Graziano and Prof Kastner to move to Linköping University in her native Sweden. Apart from probing brain function through questionnaires and brain scans, Kajsa engages in an active dialogue with the autism community. Her personal experience with autism creates a natural affinity with the community. 

Click here to read more about Kajsa.

Maria Strömberg Outreach coordinator Maria jumped on the bandwagon as soon as she heard we are expanding to Sweden, and her enthusiasm is a fantastic resource. She is a member of our advisory committee and will join the new lab in Linköping to coordinate outreach work and contribute with her creativity and talent. Maria has a background in engineering and pedagogy, and has worked e.g. as a teacher, project manager, and in product and process development. Maria is now considering a switch in life: to work towards increasing understanding of ADHD and autism, both of which she has experience of herself.

Maria Strömberg
Outreach coordinator

Maria jumped on the bandwagon as soon as she heard we are expanding to Sweden, and her enthusiasm is a fantastic resource. She is a member of our advisory committee and will join the new lab in Linköping to coordinate outreach work and contribute with her creativity and talent. Maria has a background in engineering and pedagogy, and has worked e.g. as a teacher, project manager, and in product and process development. Maria is now considering a switch in life: to work towards increasing understanding of ADHD and autism, both of which she has experience of herself.

Joost Wiskerke, PhD Core collaborator Joost is a cognitive neuroscientist, who is a core member of the outreach team and in particular the online studies. He is joining Linköping University after successful PhD studies in Amsterdam and postdoctoral work at Princeton University and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). Joost studies cognition and plots for an exciting future in neuroscience. His research topics are highly relevant to autism and ADHD, so he regularly contributes with his expertise in impulsive behaviors, habit formation and cognition in general, and enjoys the exciting outreach work that provides a break from all the lab work. 

Joost Wiskerke, PhD
Core collaborator

Joost is a cognitive neuroscientist, who is a core member of the outreach team and in particular the online studies. He is joining Linköping University after successful PhD studies in Amsterdam and postdoctoral work at Princeton University and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). Joost studies cognition and plots for an exciting future in neuroscience. His research topics are highly relevant to autism and ADHD, so he regularly contributes with his expertise in impulsive behaviors, habit formation and cognition in general, and enjoys the exciting outreach work that provides a break from all the lab work. 

 
Heléne Stern, clinical neuropsychologist Collaborator & clinical advisor Heléne is an experienced psychologist and specialist in clinical neuropsychology. She has extensive experience with autism in both adults and children, and has just started her own private practice where she evaluates and treats many autistic people. Women and girls with autism are especially close to her heart, which converges perfectly with the focus of our interest in female autism and sex differences. 

Heléne Stern, clinical neuropsychologist
Collaborator & clinical advisor

Heléne is an experienced psychologist and specialist in clinical neuropsychology. She has extensive experience with autism in both adults and children, and has just started her own private practice where she evaluates and treats many autistic people. Women and girls with autism are especially close to her heart, which converges perfectly with the focus of our interest in female autism and sex differences. 

Lina Liman, author Outreach collaborator Lina is a multi-talented journalist and author with an extraordinary brain. She has just published an autobiography about her own long journey towards an autism diagnosis (amazing book, but not yet available in English), and gives lectures together with Heléne Stern to spread sorely needed autism knowledge among health professionals. We are excited to have her on the team to share her wealth of experience. 

Lina Liman, author
Outreach collaborator

Lina is a multi-talented journalist and author with an extraordinary brain. She has just published an autobiography about her own long journey towards an autism diagnosis (amazing book, but not yet available in English), and gives lectures together with Heléne Stern to spread sorely needed autism knowledge among health professionals. We are excited to have her on the team to share her wealth of experience. 

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Volunteers & advisors for outreach and online studies

Abby Zoline, artist Research collaborator on online studies Abby is a painter and sculptor who got her Bachelor  of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has a strong interest in neuroscience, and in particular in how it relates to child development, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has worked as a childbirth doula, and is working with us on a study on the experiences of autistic women during childbirth in the hospital setting.  Abby also created our logotype, and is our in house Social Media Expert.

Abby Zoline, artist
Research collaborator on online studies

Abby is a painter and sculptor who got her Bachelor  of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has a strong interest in neuroscience, and in particular in how it relates to child development, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has worked as a childbirth doula, and is working with us on a study on the experiences of autistic women during childbirth in the hospital setting.  Abby also created our logotype, and is our in house Social Media Expert.

Jennifer Smuda, PhD student Outreach organizer and translator Jennifer is a third year PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. She joined Extraordinary Brains despite her busy schedule, to help with our web content and outreach work. She gives advice on fundraising, translates webpages to German, and will be a major resource for our public outreach in Germany. Her own research is about the emotional center of the brain, which is relevant to autism, and she wishes to contribute to helping those autistic people who are in need of support. 

Jennifer Smuda, PhD student
Outreach organizer and translator

Jennifer is a third year PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. She joined Extraordinary Brains despite her busy schedule, to help with our web content and outreach work. She gives advice on fundraising, translates webpages to German, and will be a major resource for our public outreach in Germany. Her own research is about the emotional center of the brain, which is relevant to autism, and she wishes to contribute to helping those autistic people who are in need of support. 

Maggie Pecsok, student Research student and blog contributor Maggie is a top Princeton student with an extraordinary brain. Through her own experience with ADHD, she knows that success is possible with the right support. Maggie is a member of the Kastner lab Kids Project and contributes to the Extraordinary Brains Project with her neuroscience knowledge and creative ideas. Read more about Maggie here.

Maggie Pecsok, student
Research student and blog contributor

Maggie is a top Princeton student with an extraordinary brain. Through her own experience with ADHD, she knows that success is possible with the right support. Maggie is a member of the Kastner lab Kids Project and contributes to the Extraordinary Brains Project with her neuroscience knowledge and creative ideas. Read more about Maggie here.

Ella Pecsok, PhD Clinical neuropsychologist Ella is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for over thirty years. She has assisted in WADA procedures, acted as an expert witness in court cases, and helped thousands of patients over the course of her career. An academic at heart, she is excited to use her clinical experience to help inform our research.

Ella Pecsok, PhD
Clinical neuropsychologist

Ella is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for over thirty years. She has assisted in WADA procedures, acted as an expert witness in court cases, and helped thousands of patients over the course of her career. An academic at heart, she is excited to use her clinical experience to help inform our research.

Aron Igelström Technical & creative support Aron is an exceptionally skilled engineer, inventor, programmer, and problem solver. He has worked with software and hardware development, work flow and process improvement, customer support/training, and many other things. Aron is Kajsa's brother, and became involved in Extraordinary Brains by being such a chronic problem solver that he started to improve the studies the instant the topic came up. He continues to solve any problem we throw at him. 

Aron Igelström
Technical & creative support

Aron is an exceptionally skilled engineer, inventor, programmer, and problem solver. He has worked with software and hardware development, work flow and process improvement, customer support/training, and many other things. Aron is Kajsa's brother, and became involved in Extraordinary Brains by being such a chronic problem solver that he started to improve the studies the instant the topic came up. He continues to solve any problem we throw at him. 

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Collaborators at Princeton University

Taylor Webb, senior graduate student Programmer for psychophysics studies Taylor is a graduate student at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and has already collaborated with Kajsa on a number of brain scanning experiments. In his research work, he uses brain imaging (functional MRI) and brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation) while participants perform visual tasks. His goal is to understand the relationship between visual attention and subjective awareness. Taylor joined the Extraordinary Brains team to do programming needed for online studies.

Taylor Webb, senior graduate student
Programmer for psychophysics studies

Taylor is a graduate student at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and has already collaborated with Kajsa on a number of brain scanning experiments. In his research work, he uses brain imaging (functional MRI) and brain stimulation techniques (transcranial magnetic stimulation) while participants perform visual tasks. His goal is to understand the relationship between visual attention and subjective awareness. Taylor joined the Extraordinary Brains team to do programming needed for online studies.

Sabine Kastner, MD, PhD Professor, Princeton University Sabine shares our interest in the brain basis of neurodevelopment, including challenges such as ADHD and developmental coordination disorder. She is a professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, with a long successful career behind her (and ahead of her!). She launched the Kids Project in 2015, to study the developing brain in both neurotypical children and children with neurodevelopmental challenges. 

Sabine Kastner, MD, PhD
Professor, Princeton University

Sabine shares our interest in the brain basis of neurodevelopment, including challenges such as ADHD and developmental coordination disorder. She is a professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, with a long successful career behind her (and ahead of her!). She launched the Kids Project in 2015, to study the developing brain in both neurotypical children and children with neurodevelopmental challenges. 

Michael Graziano, PhD Professor, Princeton University Michael was Kajsa's postdoctoral advisor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and continues to share her interest in the temporoparietal junction, as well as a passion for music and, occasionally, weird animals. Michael is famous for his seminal work on the motor cortex, and is now studying subjective awareness in his lab at Princeton. We are currently collaborating on neuroimaging studies on sex differences in autism. 

Michael Graziano, PhD
Professor, Princeton University

Michael was Kajsa's postdoctoral advisor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and continues to share her interest in the temporoparietal junction, as well as a passion for music and, occasionally, weird animals. Michael is famous for his seminal work on the motor cortex, and is now studying subjective awareness in his lab at Princeton. We are currently collaborating on neuroimaging studies on sex differences in autism. 

 

Diversity advisory committee

We interact extensively with the autistic and transgender communities to improve our studies and outreach. In addition to the list of advisors below, our advisory committee includes people who have chosen to remain anonymous.  

  • Katherine Lawrence, Exeter, UK
  • Maria Strömberg, Linköping, Sweden
  • Cori Frazer, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Maggie Pecsok, Princeton, NJ, USA
  • Delaine Swearman, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Emmy Lindström, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jennifer Felden, USA