Jan Haaker, PhD

Principle Investigator

I am trained as a pharmacist and obtained my PhD in pharmacological neuroscience at the University of Hamburg (Dept of Chemistry) and University Medical Center (Dept. of Systems Neuroscience). My PhD-project focused on dopaminergic processes in extinction of fear in humans.

A DFG research stipend enabled me to investigate neuropharmacological processes in social fear learning in Andreas Olssons` Lab at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

In 2016 I started my own research group „Systems Neuropharmacology of aversive learning„ at the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Moreover, I am PI within the Collaborative Research Grant (SFB TRR 58): „Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders“, Project B10, working on neuropharmacological ways to enhance Fear Extinction.

​Since 2018, I am member of the Young National Academy of Science, ("Junge Akademie"), which provides an excellent, interdisciplinary forum to connect with science and society.

Madeleine Müller, M.Sc.

PhD Student

I joined the team in April 2019 as a PhD student to work on the effect of nicotine on fear learning.

Before, I studied Biology and Cognitive and Integrative Systems Neuroscience at the Philipps-University in Marburg. For my Master Thesis project I worked on the applicability of an fMRI based fear conditioning and extinction paradigm for the use in EEG investigations in the translational neuroimaging lab of Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube.

Leonie Rumpf, M.Sc.

PhD Student

Jannis Petalas, BA

Student Assistant


Saregül Subasi, Student Assistant

Franziska Leimeister (Trainee Psychology)

Stefanie Böckmann (Trainee Pharmacy)

Merlin Litke (Student Assistant)

Tahmine Fadai, MD (Study Physician)

Florian Ganzer (Study Physician)

Roland Esser, PhD (post-doc)

Adriane Höhfeld (Trainee Pharmacy, PJ)

Jonas Rauh, MD (Study Physician)

Smilla Weisser (Student Assistant)