Dr Katja Umla-Runge, PhD, Dipl Saarbruecken

Lecturer

Research group:
Neuroscience
Email:
Umla-Runge@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70715
Location:
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

I am interested in how our brain enables us to perceive and memorize information and how this is influenced by contextual factors. My current research involves looking at the contribution of medial temporal lobe and extrastriate subregions to the representation of different categories of visual stimuli in perceptual and memory tasks. Furthermore, I study brain functional and behavioural differences between carriers and non-carriers of the APOE-ε4 allele with the aim to understand what makes carriers more likely to develop poorer cognitive health later in their lives. I have also investigated the role of the action observation system in the representation of actions in memory and am interested in cross-cultural research.

Teaching summary

I have been involved in teaching research methods and cognitive neuroscience for undergraduate and postgraduate students. I co-supervised and supervised Diploma and Bachelor theses in cognitive neuroscience and currently co-supervise four PhD students.

Selected publications (2014 onwards)

 

Full list of publications

 

Funding

My research has been funded by the BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust and the German Research Foundation.

Research group

I am part of the Cognitive Neuroscience research group.

Research collaborators

Paul Downing (Bangor University, UK)
Xiaolan Fu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Bronson Harry (Bangor University, UK)
Matthew Mundy (Monash University, Australia)
Kui Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Lamei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Hubert Zimmer (Saarland University, Germany)

Undergraduate education

1999 - 2005: Studies in psychology at Saarland University, Saarbrücken and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2005: Diploma in psychology at Saarland University, Saarbrücken

Postgraduate education

2006 - 2011: PhD student at the Department of Psychology, Saarland University, Saarbrücken

2009: Research visit at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

2011: PhD in psychology at Saarland University, Saarbrücken. Thesis title: “Representing Actions in Memory - Neural Correlates and a Cross-Cultural Approach”.

Awards/external committees

2008 - 2011: Doctoral scholarship within the International Research Training Group "Adaptive Minds - Neural and Environmental Constraints on Learning and Memory". Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

Employment

From 2015: Lecturer at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK.

2012 - 2015: Postdoctoral research associate at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK.

2008 - 2011: Doctoral scholarship within the International Research Training Group "Adaptive Minds - Neural and Environmental Constraints on Learning and Memory". Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.