Sarah Starosta


Dr. Sarah Starosta
Ruhr-University Bochum
Experimental and Molecular Psychiatry
Zentrum für klinische Forschung (ZKF) 1,  2.051
Phone: +49 (0) 234-32-24077


Since 2023: PhD fellow in Experimental and Molecular Psychiatry
 Ruhr- University Bochum / LWL Hospital, Bochum, Germany

2016 – 2023: PhD fellow in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, US
Washington- University St. Louis, Missouri, USA

2015 – 2016: PhD fellow in Biopsychology
Ruhr- University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

2015: PhD in Neuroscience
International Graduate School of Neuroscience, Ruhr- University, Bochum, Germany

2011 – 2015: PhD in Biopsycholoy
Ruhr- University, Bochum, Germany

2008 – 2011: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Psychology
Ruhr- University, Bochum, Germany


Shuvaev,S.*, Starosta, S*., Kvitsiani, D., Kepecs, A., Koulakov, A.
R-learning in actor-critic model offers a biologically relevant mechanism for sequential decision-making, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 33 pre-proceedings.
(NeurIPS 2020)

Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M. C.,  Starosta, S., Pusch, R., Gao, M., Nitsche, M., Ernst, T. M., Ladd, M. E., Quick, H. H., Timmann, D.
Beyond the classic extinction network: a wider, comparative view.
Neuroforum, 2020 (ahead of print),

Starosta, S., Bartetzko, I., Stüttgen, M. C., Güntürkün, O.
Integration of contextual cues into memory depends on “prefrontal” N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors.
Neurobiol .Learn. Mem. 2017 (144),

Starosta, S., Uengoer, M., Bartetzko, I., Lucke, S., Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M. C.
Context specificity of both acquisition and extinction of a Pavlovian conditioned response.
Learn. Mem. 2016 (23), doi:10.1101/lm.043075.116

Kasties, N., Starosta, S., Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M. C.
Neurons in the pigeon caudolateral nidopallium differentiate Pavlovian conditioned stimuli but not their associated reward value in a sign-tracking paradigm.
Sci Rep. 2016 (20), doi: 10.1038/srep35469

Starosta, S., Stüttgen, M. C., Güntürkün, O.
Recording Single Neurons’ Action Potentials from Freely Moving Pigeons Across Three Stages of Learning.
J. Vis. Exp. 2014 (88), doi:10.3791/51283

Stüttgen, M.C., Kasties, N., Lengersdorf, D., Starosta, S., Güntürkün, O., Jäkel, F.
Suboptimal criterion setting in a perceptual choice task with asymmetric reinforcement, Behav.
Process. 2013 (96),

Starosta, S., Güntürkün, O., Stüttgen, M.C.
Stimulus-Response-Outcome Coding in the Pigeon Nidopallium Caudolaterale.
PLoS ONE. 2013 8(2), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057407



Return- Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2023

Postdoctoral Fellowship of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2018 – 2021

GAIN (German Academic International Network) conference; finalist Science Slam “How cancer is influencing the brain”, 2020

Fellow of the Leadership Academy of the German Scholar Organization e.V., 2019 – 2020

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Mentorship award, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship of the German Acaemic Exchange Service (DAAD); declined, 2018