Diana Armbruster, Dr.

Research assistant VCF

Diana Armbruster

Contact information

Faculty of Science
Department of Psychology
Institute of Differential and Personality Psychology

Technische Universität Dresden
Zellescher Weg 17, 01069 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 463-36997
E-Mail: Diana.Armbruster@tu-dresden.de

Research Statement

My research interest is on the impact of genetic variation and environmental factors as well as their interplay on the development of personality traits and emotional processing. Endophenotypes which link complex traits with their respective biological underpinnings and thus bridge the gap between genes and behavior are a focal point in these research efforts. Future research will in addition also concentrate on the influence of genes on intraindividual variability.

Scientific Education

2010PhD in Psychology (summa cum laude), TU Dresden Thesis title: The impact of serotonergic and dopaminergic genetic variation on endophenotypes of emotional processing
2005Diploma in Psychology (sehr gut), TU Dresden

Professional Experience

Since 2005

research assistant at the Institute of Differential and Personality Psychology, TU Dresden

research in the field of the impact of genetic variation on endophenotypes of emotional processing 

regular courses and lectures on the topics of behavioral genetics, biological developmental psychology and temperament since 2007

2005freelance assistant at the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, TU Dresden
2001-2002Internship at the Beratungsstelle und Ambulanz für Menschen mit Wahrnehmungsstörungen und Menschen mit autistischer Behinderung (St.-Marien-Krankenhaus, Dresden)
2000Internship at the Sächsische Krankenhaus für Psychiatrie und Neurologie, Arnsdorf

Other Scientific Activities, Honors, Awards

2012Commerzbankpreis for doctoral thesis

Selected Publications

Armbruster, D., Mueller, A., Strobel, A., Lesch, K.-P., Brocke, B. & Kirschbaum, C. (2011). Predicting cortisol stress responses in older individuals: influence of serotonin receptor 1 A gene (HTR1A) and stressful life events. Hormones and Behavior. 60, 105-111

Armbruster, A., Mueller, A., Strobel, A., Lesch, K.-P., Kirschbaum, C. & Brocke, B. (2011). Variation in genes involved in dopamine clearance influence the startle response in older adults. Journal of Neural Transmission. 118, 1281-1292.

Armbruster, D., Mueller, A., Strobel, A., Lesch, K.P., Kirschbaum, C., Brocke, B.(2010). Influence of functional tryptophan hydroxylase 2 gene variation and sex on the startle response in children, young adults, and older adults. Biological Psychology. 83, 214-221.

Armbruster, D., Mueller, A., Moser, D.A., Lesch, K.P., Brocke, B., Kirschbaum, C. (2009). Interaction effect of D4 dopamine receptor gene and serotonin transporter promoter polymorphism on the cortisol stress response. Behavioral Neuroscience. 123,1288-1295.

Armbruster, D., Moser, D.A., Strobel, A., Hensch, T., Kirschbaum, C., Lesch, K-P., Brocke, B. (2009). Serotonin transporter gene variation and stressful life events impact processing of fear and anxiety. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 12, 393-401.