Sandra Da Costa, MSc

PhD Student / Etudiante doctorante
Département des Neurosciences Cliniques (DNC)
Neuropsychologie et Neuroréhabilitation (NPR)
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)

Hôpital Nestlé
Av. Pierre Decker 5
CH-1011 Lausanne
Suisse / Switzerland
tel: +41 (0)21 314 93 48

email: sandraelisabetedacosta {at}


Sandra Da Costa, of Cully Switzerland (VD), earned her BSc & MSc in Life Sciences at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). She is currently a PhD candidate in the Lemanic Neurosciences Doctoral Program (UNIL) collaborating with thesis co-advisors Stephanie Clarke and Melissa Saenz.



Da Costa S, Miller LM, Van der Zwaag W, Clarke S and Saenz M “Tuning in to Sound: frequency-selective attentional filter in human primary auditory cortex”, Journal of Neuroscience, 2013 33(5):1858-1863..

van der Zwaag W, Da Costa SE, Zürcher NR, Adams RB Jr, Hadjikhani N. A 7 Tesla fMRI Study of Amygdala Responses to Fearful Faces. Brain Topogr. 2012 Jan 22.

Da Costa S, van der Zwaag W, Marques J, Frackowiak R, Clarke S, and Saenz M. Human Primary Auditory Cortex Follows the Shape of Heschl’s Gyrus. J Neurosci. 2011 Oct 5;31(40):14067-75.


Awards & Scientific communications

OHBM 2011, Québec. Trainee Abstract Travel Award. Da Costa S, van der Zwaag W, Marques J, Frackowiak R, Clarke S, and Saenz M. Clear Tonotopic Maps in Human Auditory Cortex measured with 7T fMRI. Talk presented during: O-Th3: Perception.

SFN 2012, New Orleans. Da Costa S, Miller L, van der Zwaag W, Clarke S, and Saenz M.Frequency-selective attentional filter in human primary auditory cortex. Talk presented during: nanosymposium 291, “Auditory System: Cortex and Circuits”.

SSN Travel Fellowship 2012 for attending SFN 2012 in New Orleans.



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