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. I have an additional interest in the role of the hypothalamus in energy intake and expenditure.








Rawien Balesar

I am a technical assistant working with post-mortem data of subcortical nuclei.









Postdocs and PhD students










Max Keuken

I am a senior postdoc with a background in the cognitive neurosciences. I aim to understand brain structures that implement strategic decision-making processes. 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 co-supervising several PhD students in the lab. 



 




Martijn Mulder

Senior scientist working on Atlasing the human subcortex













Steven Miletic











Bethany Isaacs

I am a PhD student in the clinical neurosciences and am co-supervised by Yasin Temel (Maastricht University, Netherlands) and Max Keuken (University of Amsterdam, 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 (University of Leiden, 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. 





Laura Fontanesi

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Joerg Rieskamp and Sebastian Gluth (University of Basel, Zwitserland). During my PhD, I make use of EEG and ultra-high resolution 7T structural and functional MRI of small subcortical nuclei involved in reward-based decision-making processes.
From February 2017 onward, I will join the model-based cognitive neuroscience lab in Amsterdam as an SNF fellow. 







Klodiana-Daphne Tona

 I am a PhD student co-supervised by Sander Nieuwenhuis, Thijs van Osch (University of Leiden, Netherlands) and Birte Forstmann (University of Amsterdam). My research focuses on the neural mechanisms of the  locus coeruleus-noradrenergic system in humans and the effects of neuromodulator  noradrenaline on cognition, arousal, and emotions. I apply an interdisciplinary approach  combining pharmacology, psychophysiology, and ultra-high resolution 7T structural and  functional MRI. 





Visiting Research Fellows











Technical and Research Assistants


Josephine Groot 


Former lab members

Antonia Kaiser (RA)
Michiel Boswijk (RA) 
Rosie Mulray (RA) 
Yael Salzer (Postdoc) 
Gilles de Hollander (PhD student) 
Guy Hawkins (Postdoc)
Matthias Mittner (Postdoc)
Jasper Winkel (PhD student)
Sara Jahfari (PhD student)
Elise Mansfield (PhD student)
Marcel Weiss (TA)
Quirine Tordoir (RA)
Christa Mueller-Axt (RA)
Quincy Rondei (RA)