After graduating my MSc in Neuroscience from Utrecht University I started my PhD here at the Memory Dynamics lab in collaboration with Prof Benno Roozendaal at the Donders Institute. I am very grateful that I was given the opportunity to work in dr. Kay Tye’s lab at MIT in my second year for 6 months to learn optogenetics and in vivo calcium imaging. As a result, we are now successfully utilizing these techniques in our lab. I am mainly interested in how memories are gradually constructed in medial prefrontal cortex. To investigate this, we are employing in vivo calcium imaging to study cell assemblies in medial prefrontal cortex as mice learn the object space task.
My background is in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. As part of my Neuroscience masters degree programme at Utrecht University I was an intern at the Applied Mathematics department at the University of Twente for 8 months and at the Buzsaki Lab at NYU for 11 months. Currently I am characterising the prefrontal slow oscillation and its role in memory consolidation with electrophysiology using optogenetic inhibition and excitation.
As a Psychologist, I am interested in learning and memory processes and the use organisms make of them to behave in their environment. Currently as the main topic of my PhD thesis I am exploring how the oscillatory events that take place during Non REM sleep allow for memory consolidation of neutral memories (those not related to aversive o appetitive states) under stress. I have worked with human and animal models of memory and find they complement each other to understand complex phenomena such as sleep and memory. At the Memory Dynamics Lab I am working with high-spatial-resolution techniques (tetrode drives) to study the occurrence of oscillatory sleep-dependent changes in PFC and Hippocampus that underlay memory consolidation during the Object-Space task.
Following my Master's at the International Max Planck Research School for Neural- and Behavioral Science in Tübingen and a short interlude at the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Lisbon, I joined the Memory Dynamics lab for my PhD. Here, I am investigating the interaction between prefrontal and parietal/temporal cortices in the perception and memory of complex objects and configurations. To achieve that goal, I am employing (high density) silicon probes and custom made ECoG and LED grids for extracellular neural recordings and optogenetic stimulations in freely moving and anesthetized rats. In addition, I am co-founding a startup that aims to make silicon probe recording technology easier available for research with freely moving rodents.
After my PhD in Pharmacy (Neuroscience) from the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland I started my post doctoral period at the Memory Dynamics lab in collaboration with associate Prof Amanda Kiliaan. We are interested in neuronal hyperactivity related to the amyloid accumulation. To investigate this, we are employing in vivo electrophysiological recordings.