Leon D. Lotter
Junior Researcher in Developmental Neuroscience & Psychiatry


I am interested in atypical neurobiological processes involved in the development of psychiatric disorders. My work focuses on integrative neuroimaging-heavy data analysis to map multilevel neurobiological correlates of typical and atypical phenotypes, from behavior, to brain-regional, molecular and genetic processes.

Selected Preprints

Regional patterns of human cortex development colocalize with underlying neurobiology

Lotter LD, Saberi A, Hansen JY, Misic B, Paquola C, ..., IMAGEN Consortium, Nees F, Banaschewski T, Eickhoff SB, Dukart J (2023). bioRxiv.

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Selected Publications

Temporal dissociation between local and global functional adaptations of the maternal brain to childbirth - A longitudinal assessment

Lotter LD, Nehls S, Losse E, Dukart J, Chechko N (2024). Neuropsychopharmacology.

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Revealing the neurobiology underlying interpersonal neural synchronization with multimodal data fusion

Lotter LD, Kohl SH, Gerloff C, Bell L, Niephaus A, Kruppa JA, Dukart J, Schulte-Rüther M, Reindl V, Konrad K (2023). Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

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Recovery-Associated Resting-State Activity and Connectivity Alterations in Anorexia Nervosa

Lotter LD, von Polier G, Offermann J, Buettgen K, Stanetzky L, Eickhoff SB, Konrad K, Seitz J*, & Dukart J* (2021). Biological Psychiatry - Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

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Resting state changes in aging and Parkinson’s disease are shaped by underlying neurotransmission – a normative modeling study

Kasper J, Caspers S, Lotter LD, Hoffstaedter F, Eickhoff SB, Dukart J (2024). Biological Psychiatry - Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

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Reflecting on the use of persuasive communication devices in academic writing

Corneille O, Havemann J, Henderson EL, Ijzerman H, Hussey I, Orban de Xivry J, Jussim L, Holmes NP, Pilacinski A, Beffara B, Carroll H, Outa NO, Lush P, Lotter LD (2023). eLife.

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About Me

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I am a PhD candidate in developmental neuroscience and psychiatry and have a background in medicine. For my MD, I worked on resting-state functional MRI in Anorexia nervosa.

Currently, I am participating in a four-year interdisciplinary Clinician Scientist PhD-program at the Max Planck School of Cognition and am affiliated with Juergen Dukart's Biomarker Development Group at Jülich Research Centre and University Hospital Düsseldorf, Germany.