Heidi Marie Umbach Hansen

Doctoral Research Fellow - Kognitiv- og nevropsykologi
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Visiting address Forskningsveien 3A Harald Schjelderups hus 0373 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1094 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student) Institutt for pedagogikk (Student)

Academic interests

I will work on a project that aims to investigate musicality, in particular in relation to rhythmic abilities, by using the twin study method. The project will be a joint effort between RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion and the PROMENTA research group, both located at Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The overarching purpose of the study is to advance the knowledge and discussion of the fundamental elements of musical ability, their phenotypic structure and underlying genetic and environmental architecture.


In 2014, I completed a Master of Science in Neuroscience, NTNU. In relation to my master thesis, I was affiliated with the Department of Anatomy at UiO (subunit Synaptic Plasticity), where I explored the role of intracellular calcium release channels in hippocampal long-term potentiation, with the overall topic being learning and memory, using immunolabeling techniques at the light- and electron microscope level.

After I finished my master’s degree, I worked as an intern at the Music, Sound and Performance lab, Macquarie University, Sydney. During this time, I was involved in a variety of projects and tasks, including a case study investigating musical memory in Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2016, I started working as a Clinical Engineer for Prediktor Medical AS, a company developing a noninvasive device for continuous measurement of blood glucose and other biomarkers. My main responsibilities varied through R&D prototyping and bench-top testing, as well as coordinating clinical trials in Norway and in China. In 2018, I started working as a Data Analyst for Prediktor Instruments AS, where I was responsible for performance monitoring and maintenance of calibration models implemented in NIR-instruments, predominantly used in quality assessment and control in the food and feed industry.


  • Ringsevjen, Håvard; Hansen, Heidi Marie Umbach; Hussain, Suleman; Hvalby, Øyvind C; Jensen, Vidar & Walaas, S. Ivar [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2018). Presynaptic increase in IP3 receptor type 1 concentration in the early phase of hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Brain Research. ISSN 0006-8993. 1706, p. 125–134. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.10.030.
  • Staal, Odd Martin; Hansen, Heidi Marie Umbach; Christiansen, Sverre; Fougner, Anders Lyngvi; Carlsen, Sven Magnus & Stavdahl, Øyvind (2018). Differences between flash glucose monitor and fingerprick measurements. Biosensors. ISSN 2079-6374. 8:93(4), p. 1–17. doi: 10.3390/bios8040093. Full text in Research Archive
  • Baird, Amee; Hansen, Heidi Marie Umbach & Thompson, William Forde (2017). A nonmusician with severe Alzheimer’s dementia learns a new song. Neurocase. ISSN 1355-4794. 23(1), p. 36–40. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2017.1287278.

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  • Staal, Odd Martin; Christiansen, Sverre; Hansen, Heidi Marie Umbach; Carlsen, Sven Magnus; Fougner, Anders Lyngvi & Stavdahl, Øyvind (2018). Characterisation of the errors between SMBG and a flash glucose Monitor in the first day of use.

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