Markus Ploner is a Heisenberg Professor of Human Pain Research, head of the PainLabMunich and consultant neurologist. He graduated in Medicine at the University of Cologne. He trained as a neurologist and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Neurology of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf. Afterwards he was a Feodor Lynen-Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the Pain Imaging Neuroscience Group, University of Oxford. From there he moved to the Department of Neurology of the Technische Universität München. 


Laura Tiemann graduated in Psychology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in 2008. In 2012 she received her doctorate for investigating the attentional effects of pain in health and fibromyalgia syndrome at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Currently she is working as a PostDoc at the pain research group. Besides research, Laura is currently completing a training for behavioral psychotherapy and conducts neuropsychological evaluations at the Department of Neurology.


Elisabeth S. May studied psychology in Oldenburg, Melbourne, and Düsseldorf. After graduating in 2008, she performed research on oscillatory brain activity and its modulation by attention and hepatic encephalopathy at the University of Düsseldorf. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Natural Science. In the pain research group, she works on the neurophysiological mechanisms of tonic and chronic pain. In addition, she is taking part in a training program for behavioral psychotherapy.


Moritz M. Nickel graduated in Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2012. In his diploma thesis, he investigated the effects of cognitive factors, such as spatial attention, on pain processing by analysing single-trial laser-evoked potentials. He is particularly interested in research on “brain reading” approaches predicting pain perception and the neurophysiological basis of tonic and chronic pain. Since 2013, he has filled a PhD position at the pain research group.


Henrik Heitmann joined the PainLab in 2010 for his doctoral thesis, where he investigated the influence of dopamine on pain perception and processing. In 2014 he graduated in Medicine at TUM and started his clinical training in Neurology and Pain Medicine as well as his post-doctoral training at the PainLab. He is particularly interested in the mechansims of the development, the affective comorbidities and the multimodal therapy of chronic pain, especially in the context of chronic inflammatory CNS disease.



Son Ta Dinh graduated in electrical engineering and information technology from the Technical University Munich in 2015. During his master thesis he performed a study about stress using electroencephalography and utilized machine learning to automatically detect differences in brain signals between a stressed and neutral state. In October 2015 he started his PhD studies on the role of neuronal oscillations and synchrony in chronic pain at our lab.  



Vanessa D. Hohn is a PhD student in the Medical Life Science and Technology program of TUM. Before she was a master student enrolled in the research master’s program Cognitive Neuropsychology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She is performing a project on transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to modulate neuronal oscillations and the perception of pain at our lab.



Marlene Försterling is currently studying psychology (B.Sc.) at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. She is a research assistant in our lab since the beginning of her studies, and helps conducting EEG- and other experiments.  





Christopher Keßler is a medical student completing the clinical part of his studies at the Technische Universität München. He has been working in our team as a reserach assistant since January 2019. He is involved in studies using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) and EEG.  







Enrico Schulz was a post-doc at the PainLabMunich from 2008 to 2013. In 2014, he has joined the Pain Imaging Neuroscience Group, University of Oxford.

Martina Postorino was a PhD student at the PainLabMunich from 2013 to 2018.