Gianina Toller, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Gianina Toller is a postdoctoral fellow from Switzerland, now working with the Social Function team led Dr. Kate Rankin. Dr. Toller completed her PhD degree in 2015 at the Swiss Epilepsy Center and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Her thesis investigated the functional and structural correlates of socioemotional dysfunction in patients with refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, and in patients with a very rare genetic disorder called Urbach-Wiethe disease. Currently, she is working on a functional imaging project studying socioemotional functioning in patients with bvFTD.


Social Behavior Observer Checklist: Patterns of Spontaneous Behaviors Differentiate Patients With Neurodegenerative Disease From Healthy Older Adults.

Frontiers in neurology

Rankin KP, Toller G, Gavron L, La Joie R, Wu T, Shany-Ur T, Callahan P, Krassner M, Kramer JH, Miller BL

Clinical, neuroimaging, and neuropathological characterization of a patient with Alzheimer's disease syndrome due to Pick's pathology.


Toller G, Zitser J, Sukhanov P, Grant H, Miller BL, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Rankin KP, Grinberg LT

Computationally derived anatomic subtypes of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia show temporal stability and divergent patterns of longitudinal atrophy.

Alzheimer's & dementia (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Ranasinghe KG, Toller G, Cobigo Y, Chiang K, Callahan P, Eliazer C, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Resting functional connectivity in the semantic appraisal network predicts accuracy of emotion identification.

NeuroImage. Clinical

Yang WFZ, Toller G, Shdo S, Kotz SA, Brown J, Seeley WW, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Selective vulnerability to atrophy in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Annals of clinical and translational neurology

Younes K, Rojas JC, Wolf A, Sheng-Yang GM, Paoletti M, Toller G, Caverzasi E, Luisa Mandelli M, Illán-Gala I, Kramer JH, Cobigo Y, Miller BL, Rosen HJ, Geschwind MD

Salience driven attention is pivotal to understanding others' intentions.

Cognitive neuropsychology

Rijpma MG, Shdo SM, Shany-Ur T, Toller G, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Salience Network Atrophy Links Neuron Type-Specific Pathobiology to Loss of Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia.

Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991)

Pasquini L, Nana AL, Toller G, Brown JA, Deng J, Staffaroni A, Kim EJ, Hwang JL, Li L, Park Y, Gaus SE, Allen I, Sturm VE, Spina S, Grinberg LT, Rankin KP, Kramer JH, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW

Revised Self-Monitoring Scale: A potential endpoint for frontotemporal dementia clinical trials.


Toller G, Ranasinghe K, Cobigo Y, Staffaroni A, Appleby B, Brushaber D, Coppola G, Dickerson B, Domoto-Reilly K, Fields J, Fong J, Forsberg L, Ghoshal N, Graff-Radford N, Grossman M, Heuer H, Hsiung GY, Huey E, Irwin D, Kantarci K, Kaufer D, Kerwin D, Knopman D, Kornak J, Kramer J, Litvan I, Mackenzie I, Mendez M, Miller B, Rademakers R, Ramos E, Rascovsky K, Roberson E, Syrjanen J, Tartaglia C, Weintraub S, Boeve B, Boxer A, Rosen H, Rankin K

State and trait characteristics of anterior insula time-varying functional connectivity.


Pasquini L, Toller G, Staffaroni A, Brown JA, Deng J, Lee A, Kurcyus K, Shdo SM, Allen I, Sturm VE, Cobigo Y, Borghesani V, Battistella G, Gorno-Tempini ML, Rankin KP, Kramer J, Rosen HH, Miller BL, Seeley WW

Divergent patterns of loss of interpersonal warmth in frontotemporal dementia syndromes are predicted by altered intrinsic network connectivity.

NeuroImage. Clinical

Toller G, Yang WFZ, Brown JA, Ranasinghe KG, Shdo SM, Kramer JH, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Neurons selectively targeted in frontotemporal dementia reveal early stage TDP-43 pathobiology.

Acta neuropathologica

Nana AL, Sidhu M, Gaus SE, Hwang JL, Li L, Park Y, Kim EJ, Pasquini L, Allen IE, Rankin KP, Toller G, Kramer JH, Geschwind DH, Coppola G, Huang EJ, Grinberg LT, Miller BL, Seeley WW

Individual differences in socioemotional sensitivity are an index of salience network function.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Toller G, Brown J, Sollberger M, Shdo SM, Bouvet L, Sukhanov P, Seeley WW, Miller BL, Rankin KP

Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy diminishes functional connectivity during emotion perception.

Epilepsy research

Steiger BK, Muller AM, Spirig E, Toller G, Jokeit H

Right fronto-limbic atrophy is associated with reduced empathy in refractory unilateral mesial temporal lobe epilepsy.


Toller G, Adhimoolam B, Rankin KP, Huppertz HJ, Kurthen M, Jokeit H

Right mesial temporal lobe epilepsy impairs empathy-related brain responses to dynamic fearful faces.

Journal of neurology

Toller G, Adhimoolam B, Grunwald T, Huppertz HJ, Kurthen M, Rankin KP, Jokeit H

Nonvisual spatial navigation fMRI lateralizes mesial temporal lobe epilepsy in a patient with congenital blindness.


Toller G, Adhimoolam B, Grunwald T, Huppertz HJ, König K, Jokeit H