Sara Tomiello, MSc

PhD Student


Translational Neuromodeling Unit
Institute for Biomedical Engineering
University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
Sara Tomiello
Wilfriedstrasse 6
8032 Zurich

Phone:+41 44 634 91 28
Office:WIL H-303


Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience (120 ECTS), University of Zurich. Master Thesis: Reactivation of conditioned stimuli during rapid eye movement and N2 sleep stages reduces emotional reactivity. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Björn Rasch, Division Biopsychology. Acknowledgment: Premio Pro Ticino Zurigo 2013.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (180 ECTS), University of Bern. Minor: Education. Bachelor Thesis: Wilson’s Disease: An Overview of its Neuropsychiatric Manifestations. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katharina Henke, Division of Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology.


03.2012 - 09.2012: Intern at the University Hospital Zurich, Klinik für Neuroradiologie, Zurich (40%), Dr. des. Diana Wotruba & lic. phil. Roman Büchler

01.2011 - 05.2011: Intern at the Clinica Psichiatrica Cantonale, Mendrisio (20%), Dr. phil. Chiara Ferrazzo Arcidiacono 

08.2009 - 09.2009: Intern at the Clinica Viarnetto, Pregassona (50%), Nicola Guanziroli

08.2013 - 03.2014: Research Assistant at University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Zurich (20%), Dr. med. Margareta Schmid & lic. phil. Ueli Zellweger 

05.2011 - 12.2012: Research Assistant at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Solothurn (10%), Prof. Dr. Markus Neuenschwander

Presentations at Conferences

Tomiello S*, Schöbi D*, Weber LAE*, Heinzle J, Iglesias S, Stefanics G, Stephan KE (2015). Dopaminergic and cholinergic modulation of brain connectivity during working memory, perceptual and reward learning. Poster at the ZNZ Symposium, Zurich, 2015.

Tomiello S, Schöbi D, Weber LAE, Wellstein K, Stefanics G, Haker H, Iglesias S, Stephan KE (2016). Timing of prediction error signaling in reward learning: A computational trial-by-trial EEG analysis. Poster 1771 and Oral Session Higher Cognitive Functions at 22nd annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, 2016.

Tomiello S, Schöbi D, Weber LAE, Wellstein K, Haker H, Iglesias S, Stephan KE (2017). A computational trial-by-trial EEG analysis of hierarchical prediction errors. Poster 3501 and Oral Session Higher Cognitive Functions at 23rd annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Vancouver, 2017.

*These authors contributed equally to this poster.


Iglesias S, Tomiello S, Schneebeli M, Stephan KE (2016). Models of neuromodulation for computational psychiatry. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1420.


Tutor for the bachelor course “Psychologische Methoden – Einführung in die rechnergestützte Datenauswertung”, University of Zurich, Zurich, Dr. Christina Werner - Supporting students in solving exercises using IBM SPSS Statistics and R