Romy Lorenz

Cognitive Neuroscience – Neuroadaptive Technology – Art x Neuroscience


I am a cognitive neuroscientist with a multidisciplinary background in psychology and biomedical engineering.

Since September 2018, I am a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences. Currently, I am based in Leipzig – with frequent trips to the UK.

My research interest lies in developing brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence (AI) with the aim to address neuroscience questions that have been historically challenging to tackle with conventional methods. In particular, I want to understand how frontoparietal brain networks gives rise to our powerful cognitive abilities. For this, I work with John DuncanNikolaus Weiskopf and Russ Poldrack.

I received my PhD from Imperial College London in June 2017, under the supervision of Robert Leech. For my PhD, I have developed an “AI neuroscientist” – this work has been featured in WIRED Magazine and I gave a TEDx talk about it.

Further, I recently had a chat about my work for the “Creative Intelligence” podcast you can listen to here:

Alongside this line of research, I am interested in altered states of consciousness (e.g., meditation and psychedelics) and in the intersection between neuroscience and art.