I am a PhD student in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, supervised by Professor Hugh Markus. I previously completed my bachelor in psychology and my research master in Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) at the University of Groningen. Furthermore, throughout my time in the Netherlands I was also a student in the Honours College with a strong focus on research, multidisciplinary approaches in solving problems and leadership skills.
My PhD project is about testing specific Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) markers in small vessel disease (SVD) and to correlate them with cognitive and clinical outcomes. Over the recent year I have been testing one particular DTI marker, called peak width mean diffusivity (PSMD) that can be automatically computed and might therefore be useful in big clinical trials. My aim has been to test this marker in prospective SVD studies (SCANS, RUN DMC) as well as in clinical trials (PRESERVE) and to compare it with other DTI markers.
I am furthermore involved in the ADaPT study, which examines whether serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) treatment is effective in reducing apathy and/ or depression in patients with SVD.
2011-2014 Psychology Bachelor of Science, University of Groningen
2012-2014 Honours College Bachelor, University of Groningen
2015-2017 Honours College Master, University of Groningen
2015- 2017 MRes in Behavioral Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN), University of Groningen
2017-2020 PhD studentship in Clinical Neuroscience, University of Cambridge