I am interested in cortical plasticity mechanisms in healthy individuals and in different patient groups. Currently, my focus is on underlying plasticity mechanisms in neurodegenerative diseases such as diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer’s disease. My research goal is to characterize aberrant neuroplasticity mechanisms in these patient groups and to identify biomarkers for an early detection of neurodegenerative processes in the brain. For my projects I combine several research methods, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In 2009, I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, focusing on Psychology and Economics, from the University College Maastricht, a liberal arts and science college of the University of Maastricht. During this three year undergraduate program I spent one semester at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where I was enrolled in the “Warsaw International Studies in Psychology “ program, with the specialization on psychology and economics. Subsequent to the Bachelor’s program I started the Master’s program in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Maastricht.
In 2010, I joined the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Boston, USA. There, I spent a total of 2,5 years working on several projects, including a study on the potential link between diabetes type II and Alzheimer’s disease. In 2013, I obtained my Master’s degree and in 2014, I started as a PhD candidate at the Vision, Awareness and Cognition Lab at the University of Maastricht. Here, I continue to work on the characterization of neuroplasticity mechanisms in diabetes mellitus type II under the supervision of Prof. Alexander Sack, and in collaboration with Prof. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, the Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.