Dr. Anja Cui

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Anja-Xiaoxing Cui is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She received her undergraduate education in Germany at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Psychology and at the Cologne University of Music in Piano Performance. Anja completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Lola L. Cuddy at Queen’s University, where she held a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. During her graduate studies, Anja frequently organized concert series as part of the Badass Brahms Chamber Collective and at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Having joined UBC as a postdoctoral fellow in 2019, Anja is excited to be integrating her passion for neuroscience and music. In her current research, she is studying the effects of intensive music training – specifically, opera training – on neuropsychological function and the brain changes underlying these effects. This cutting-edge research project is funded by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. A fun fact about Anja: if you search hard enough, you will find a YouTube video of Anja playing at a piano competition. She has grown out her bangs a long time since…