Research Fellows


Tracy Brandmeyer, PhD
Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)

Tracy Brandmeyer holds a PhD in Neuroscience from Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III in France and an MSc in Behavioral Science from Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and she is currently a TRIM fellow at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Her research has been centered on developing novel neurophenomenological research methods for understanding how the neural mechanisms underlying the regulation of our internally generated thoughts, attention, and emotions, may be modulated through the implementation of such techniques as meditation, mindfulness based interventions, and neurofeedback.

As a TRIM postdoctoral fellow, she hopes to advance our understanding of the effects of meditation practice, mindfulness practices and mindfulness interventions by identifying the individualized neural mechanisms and circuitry underlying meditation states and mind wandering. Using state-of-the-art methods, she plans to study the neural activity during meditative and mind wandering states using individualized machine learning and classification methods implemented in multimodal functional neuroimaging research paradigms, in collaboration with Dr. Helen Weng at the Osher Center and the Neuroscape Center at the UCSF Sandler Neurosciences Center.

burcu Burcu Hasdemir, PhD
Fellow, NCCIH Postdoctoral Training Program in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)

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 tools that may help pregnant women cope better with stress, including Group Prenatal Care and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting classes. Dr. Hasdemir investigates the effects of such tools on pregnancy and preterm birth. To delineate the molecular and cellular effects of stress and stress reduction 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”

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