Research Fellows

Postdoctoral:


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Burcu Hasdemir, PhD
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Burcu Hasdemir holds a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Liverpool in the UK. She came to UCSF for her postdoctoral training in the field of G-protein coupled receptors and inflammatory diseases. Her specific focus has been on neuropeptides and receptors involved in the body’s response to chronic stress. During the course of her training, she developed an increasing interest in the physiology behind the mind-body connection. As a TRIM postdoctoral fellow, she hopes to build on her interests in Integrative Medicine research and investigate the effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on pregnancy and fetal health. To delineate the molecular and cellular effects of MBSR during pregnancy, she is studying the human placenta and related tissues in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at UCSF.


Dr. Burcu Hasdemir at the 2016 Postdoc Slam:
“Relaxed or Stressed?
The Placenta Foretells the Fetal Future”


Jason Thompson.

Jason Thompson, PhD
Osher Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF

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Jason Thompson, PhD is a clinical psychologist whose research interests focus on the scope of compassion and mindfulness-based interventions to buffer or repair the adverse impact of toxic stress and trauma. Jason’s doctoral dissertation investigated the neural and linguistic correlates of decentering, a mechanism of mindfulness.

He completed his predoctoral internship and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Child and Adolescent Services multicultural clinical training program. Prior to psychology, he worked as a journalist in the UK and as a public school teacher in Oakland. He has practiced Zen meditation and hatha yoga for ten years, and is an ultramarathon runner.

At the Osher Center, Jason is developing a school-based intervention for trauma-exposed adolescents, integrating contemplative practices and social justice-oriented education. His TRIM fellowship research includes collaboration with and learning from UCSF researchers in two labs, one focused on a neuroimaging analysis of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for treatment-resistant depression (Dr. Daniel Mathalon, PI), and the other on the biological embedding of toxic stress (Drs. Nicki Bush and Tom Boyce, PIs). He hopes to integrate learning from these two domains to enhance scientific understanding of child and adolescent trauma and its principles of therapeutic recovery, and generate strategies to increase equitable access to effective trauma intervention.

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