People

Permanent staff

Anneke Alkemade

I am an assistant professor and have a background in human neuroanatomy, specializing in the diencephalon. My work is focused on increasing the understanding of the human subthalamic nucleus, which is targeted by deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients with Parkinson’s disease. My ultimate aim is to explain the deleterious side effects of DBS. For this I study human post-mortem brain specimens using various microscopic techniques. 









Rawien Balesar

I am a technical assistant working with post-mortem data of subcortical nuclei in collaboration with Dick Swaab (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Amsterdam, Netherlands). 









Senior Scientists, Postdocs, and PhD students




Pierre-Louis Bazin

I am a computational neuroscientist interested in bringing advanced imaging methods into use for understanding the interplay of anatomy, functional organization, and physiology in human brain behavior. To this end, I use ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI – techniques that allow one to zoom into small subcortical brain areas. I am also the co-supervisor of Scott Isherwood. 









Max Keuken

I am a postdoc focusing on the role of cortico-subcortical networks and their involvement in decision-making processes. To this end, I combine structural and functional ultra-high field MRI with cognitive models. My broader research interest revolves around the link between structure and function of the human brain. 








Russell Boag

I am a postdoc with a background in mathematical psychology. I am interesting in joint-modeling of brain and behavioral data focusing on decision-making processes implemented in the human subcortex. 










Reilly Innes

I am a postdoc with a background in cognitive psychology and decision modeling. I am interested in joint modeling of human decision-making processes by combining behavioral and neural data. My research interests also involve cognitive workload and developing modeling techniques. 









Steven Miletic

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Leendert van Maanen (University of Utrecht, Netherlands). I am interested in model-based cognitive neuroscience with a strong focus on the human subcortex. 










Scott Isherwood

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Pierre-Louis Bazin (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands). I am interested in model-based cognitive neuroscience with a strong focus on the human subcortex. 









Bethany Isaacs

I am a PhD student in the clinical neurosciences and am co-supervised by Yasin Temel (Maastricht University, Netherlands). My projects make use of ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI in patients with Parkinson's disease.










Anne Trutti

I am a PhD student working on model-based cognitive neuroscience projects with Bernhard Hommel (Leiden University, Netherlands) as my co-supervisor. My projects make use of ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI of small subcortical nuclei involved in decision-making processes. 








Josephine Groot

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Matthias Mittner (University of Tromsø, Norway ). My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of mind-wandering using 7T and 3T MRI in combination with cognitive modeling.  












Niek Stevenson

I am a PhD student interested in the joint modelling of decision-making by combining behavioral and neural data. My research aims to find common processes across different decision-making tasks. 


Visiting Research Fellows











Technical and Research Assistants


Sarah Habli


Former lab members

Niek Stevenson (RA)
Nikita van Berendonk (RA)
Bernadette van Wijk (Senior postdoc)
Max Keuken (Postdoc)
Martijn Mulder (Senior Scientist)
Antonia Kaiser (RA)
Michiel Boswijk (RA) 
Rosie Mulray (RA) 
Nicky Lute (RA)
Klodiana-Daphne Tona (PhD student)
Yael Salzer (Postdoc)
Guy Hawkins (Postdoc)   
Matthias Mittner (Postdoc)
Leendert van Maanen (Postdoc)
Jasper Winkel (PhD student)
Sara Jahfari (PhD student)
Elise Mansfield (PhD student)
Laura Fontanesi (PhD student)
Gilles de Hollander (PhD student)
Marcel Weiss (TA)
Quirine Tordoir (RA)
Christa Mueller-Axt (RA)
Quincy Rondei (RA)