Background and activities
Virginia is a post-doctoral fellow at the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL), Department of Psychology, NTNU. She received her doctorate in biomedicine at the University of Leipzig (Germany) in 2013, after which she conducted postdoctoral research at the Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre from 2013 to 2017 (Denmark). During her scientific career, Virginia has focused on the neurophysiology of plastic changes in the human brain in both healthy and pathological states (brain injury, motor disorders), with a special emphasis on brain connectivity. Virginia’s main interests are to understand how neuroplasticity mechanisms arise at the network level of the human brain, as well as the role that these mechanisms play in healthy and pathological states. Moreover, she aims to study how daily-living activities such as the use of neuro-stimulants and the manipulation of sleep patterns impact neural plasticity as well as cognitive performance. At the CNL group, Virginia will focus on the interplay between brain connectivity and cognitive impairment in patients that have sustained a moderate to severe Traumatic Brain Injury, as well as on the setup of studies using combined Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission Tomography.