I am a Master’s student from the land of wooden shoes and windmills and I recently moved from Amsterdam to New York City to conduct my graduate project in the lab of dr. Basu. Neuroscience has been a big part of my life for a couple of years now. Thinking back, I realize it was the idea that we all have this big organ that creates and controls our behavior and thoughts and yet we are all so different, which drove me towards studying this magical big blob.
I earned my B.S. in Neuroscience in 2014 from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). After this I worked as a TA at the UvA and traveled through South America before staring my Master’s in Brain and Cognitive Neuroscience at the UvA in 2015. During my studies I developed a great interest in how electrical activity is propagated in single cells and neural circuits and how these signals translate to behavior. In dr. Basu’s lab, I perform whole-cell electrophysiology together with optogenetics in acute brain slices to map the functional connections in the long-range cortico-hippocampal circuitry.
Besides studying the brain, I enjoy exploring the city, hanging out with my new friends, eating great food and working out (so I can eat more great food 🙂 ).