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Nouchine Hadjikhani


Nouchine Hadjikhani, MD
PhD in Neuroscience
Professor of experimental child and adolescent psychiatry, University of Gothenburg
Associate professor in radiology, Harvard Medical School

Research interests

Neurobiological bases of ESSENCE
Emotional processing
Pain processing


Nouchine is currently Professor of Experimental Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg, as well as Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Nouchine is a neuroscientist who does clinical brain research. She went to medical school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she completed her first doctoral thesis. Thereafter, she went to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for a first post-doctoral fellowship, and then to Boston, where she has been working for the past 23 years. Between 2006 and 2012, she was also the director of a laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), dedicated to autism research.

Her initial focus of research was the visual system, which over time developed into several topics, including migraine, emotion processing and autism. In her work, she has employed neuroanatomy, histology, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), anatomical and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI and fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG) as well as behavioural methods, including eye-tracking, to study the normal and the diseased brain.
She has a special interest in understanding neurodevelopmental disorders, and how different conditions can affect the processing of emotions and social communication expressed not only by facial expression, but also by gaze and by body language. She has a strong interest in understanding the neural bases of the difficulties encountered by individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as in developing neural biomarkers that will help to objectify the effect of therapeutic approaches, both behavioural and pharmacological.



Autism |  brain imaging  | eye-tracking  | emotion processing  | clinical intervention



1985, Baccalaureat ès Lettres, Gymnase Cantonal, Lausanne, Switzerland

1993 MD, Medicine(advisor: Prof. S Clarke, MD), Lausanne Medical School, Switzerland

2010, PhD, Neuroscience (advisor: Prof. B. de Gelder, PhD), Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Postdoctoral training

1993, Clinical Research, Fellow Neuropaediatrics
(Lab PI: Prof. T. Deonna) Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

1993-1995 Research Fellow, Anatomy and Physiology
(lab PI: Prof. F. De Ribeaupierre), Lausanne Medical School, Switzerland

1995-1996 Research Fellow, Laboratory for Brain Research and Positron Emission Tomography, (lab PI: Prof. P. Roland), Nobel Institute of Neurophysiology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

1997-1999 Research Fellow, Radiology (lab PI: Prof. R. Tootell), NMR Center, Harvard Medical School


Professional awards & achievements

1995, Fellowship Award, Swedish Institute
1995, Fellowship Award, Swiss National Foundation
1995, Fellowship Award, Société Académique Vaudoise
2008, Stoicescu Fellowship Award, Stoicescu Foundation
2010, Leenaards Scientific Prize, Leenaards Foundation
2012, Chaire d’Excellence Pierre de Fermat, Conseil Regional Midi-Pyrénées
2014, SAC Poster of Distinction Award, MGH Scientific Advisory Commitee
2014, F1000Prime, Faculty of 1000 recommendation, Awarded for article on Emotional Contagion in the journal Translational Psychiatry
2016, LifeWatch Award, LifeWatch Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden Awarded for achievements in autism research
2019, Top 100 official author, Top 100 read neuroscience articles in Scientific Reports 2018 Nature Research Scientific Reports



1999-2002, Instructor, Radiology, Harvard Medical School
1999-2016, Assistant in Medical Imaging, Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
2002-2005 Assistant Professor, Radiology, Harvard Medical School
2005-2014 Affiliated Faculty, MIT Harvard, –MIT division of Health Science and Technology
2006-2012 SNF Professor, Brain Mind Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
2013-2019, Visiting Professor, GNC University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2015-present Director, Neurolimbic Research, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
2016-present, Associate Neuroscientist, Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
2006-present, Associate, Professor Radiology, Harvard Medical School
2019-present, Professor, GNC University of Gothenburg, Sweden


English | Swedish | French



Eligible to teach Masters of PhD studies
Actively looking for potential Masters of PhD students

Connect with me

E-post: Nouchine.hadjikhani@gnc.gu.se


ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nouchine_Hadjikhani

Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4075-3106












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