Ayaka Ando completed her PhD in the field of neuroscience and neuroimaging at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, and University of Queensland, Australia. She then moved to Germany to pursue her career in academia, where she was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Heidelberg University, Germany.
During this time, she also had the privilege of serving as the chair of the International Council of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group. Through her experiences, she acquired a taste for science communication and community outreach, and she now works as a medical writer for a medical communications company.
Ayaka was born in Japan but has spent most of her life living in the land of koalas and kangaroos (a.k.a., Australia). She is now happy to have found a nice home in Heidelberg, Germany.