Alumni

Eni Simo Eni Simó did a bachelor in business administration at Corvinus University, Budapest, with a research stay at Sapienza University, Rome, and a master in international economics at Corvinus University. After research assistantships on the psychology of pain in Rome and on sleep research topics in Cardiff, she joined the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab to investigate wearable sleep EEG.
 
Mathijs van Bakel Mathijs van Bakel did a bachelor in health sciences at Maastricht University with a minor in sport, health and movement at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a master in human movement sciences at Maastricht University, before starting his second master in biomedical sciences at Radboud University. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab he investigated the association between sleep, nutrition and exercise.
 
Zsófia Zavecz Zsófia Zavecz did a bachelor and a master in psychology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In her PhD at Eötvös Loránd University and at the Donders Institute, she worked on different projects investigating the role of sleep for memory consolidation. For her postdoc, she moved on to Matt Walker’s lab at Berkeley University to investigate the role of sleep in Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Olivia Brunet Olivia Brunet studied bioinformatics at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA) and at the University of Leuven, before starting her master in cognitive science at Lumière University Lyon 2. In her master project at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigated strategies to communicate with lucid dreamers, using brain computer interfaces and other techniques.
 
Hong-Viet Ngo Hong-Viet Ngo was trained in theoretical physics and computer science in Kiel before his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the Universities of Lübeck and Tübingen. After a research stay at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, he performed postdoctoral research at the University of Birmingham. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigated acoustic closed-loop stimulation of sleep slow waves, before moving on to the University of Lübeck.
 
Mariska van Pouderoijen Mariska van Pouderoijen did a bachelor in applied biology at HAS University of Applied Sciences ‘s-Hertogenbosch before her master in medical biology at Radboud University. In an industry research project at Philips, co-supervised by the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she tested sleep modulating wearables. She then moved on to a PhD project on personalized eHealth interventions at the Donders Institute and Maastricht University.
 
Amber van der Stam Amber van der Stam did a bachelor in biology before starting her master in medical biology with a specialisation in neurobiology at Radboud University. Her interest in sleep research led her to do her internship at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab where she validated sleep EEG wearables with full polysomnography. She then moved on to further sleep projects at the Karolinska Institute.
 
Shervin Bukhari Shervin Bukhari did a bachelor in consciousness studies at the University of Skövde, Sweden, before starting a master in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University. His interest in interdisciplinary research on consciousness, altered states and philosophy of mind led him to a master project on lucid dreaming in the Sleep & Memory Lab. He then moved on to further sleep projects at Uppsala University.
 
Soha Farboud Soha Farboud did a bachelor in biology before starting a master in neurobiology at Radboud University. She worked as an intern at the Hospital of San Raffaele in Milan and the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigated the role of sleep in emotion and memory. She then moved on to a PhD project on transcranial focused ultrasound stimulation at the Donders Institute.
 
Pedro Reis Oliveira Pedro Reis Oliveira did a bachelor in psychological science at the Instituto Universitário de Ciências Psicológicas, Sociais e da Vida (ISPA) in Lisbon and the University of Pécs, before starting a joint master program in cognitive and behavioral neurosciences at the ISPA and at the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon. At the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigates strategies to induce lucid dreaming.
 
Rute Sequeira Rute Sequeira started her academic path with a bachelor’s in biology at University of Aveiro, before pursuing a research master’s in cognitive and clinical neuroscience, specialisation in cognitive neuroscience, at Maastricht University. She joined Donders Sleep & Memory Lab as part of her master’s internship, investigating dynamic interaction between hormones and sleep.
 
Jasmin Keller Jasmin Keller did a biomedicine master at Uppsala University, Sweden. After working on a metabolic sleep study in the neuroscience department, she joined the Sleep & Memory Lab for a dense longitudinal multimodal phenotypingproject, including hundreds of sleep recordings and dozens of MRI scans. She then moved on to Leiden University for her PhD project on EEG biomarkers of autism.
 
Anastasia Mangiaruga Anastasia Mangiaruga did a bachelor in psychological sciences and a master in cognitive neuroscience at Sapienza University of Rome. In her PhD at Sapienza University, she studied the link between sleep, dreams and cognitive functioning, particularly focusing on parasomnias and bizarre sleep phenomena. During her postdoc at the Donders Sleep & Memory lab, she investigated lucid dreaming induction strategies, before moving on to a research position at the University of Bologna.
 
Marike Hoegen Marike Hoegen did a bachelor in biology at Wageningen University. Alongside her cognitive neuroscience master in Nijmegen, she did a second master degree in health and disease at Wageningen University. In the Sleep & Memory Lab she investigated the role of sleep in major depression, before starting her PhD on neuroimaging of neuromuscular disorders at Leiden University.
 
Elise McGlashan Elise McGlashan completed a PhD in Psychology in the Sleep and Circadian Medicine Laboratory at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research investigates the relationship between light, circadian rhythms and depression. In particular she is interested in identifying markers of risk for depression, and of antidepressant treatment responses – topics she also worked on during her research stay in the Donders Sleep and Memory Lab.
 
Sebastian Idesis Sebastian Idesis has a degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. After positions as assistant lecturer and research assistant, he joined the Sleep & Memory Lab for a project on dense longitudinal multimodal phenotyping of a single subject, including hundreds of sleep recordings and dozens of MRI scans. For his PhD project on structural connectomics, he moved on to Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
 
Ashley Shih Ashley Shih did a bachelor of life science at National Chung-Hsing University and a master of neuroscience at National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan. In her master of medical biology at Radboud University, she is focusing on science management and innovation. After her master project on minimal sleep EEG headbands, she moved on to work in a start-up in the biomedical field.
 
Charlotte Fraza Charlotte Fraza did a bachelor in theoretical physics in Utrecht, a minor in Korean language and culture in Seoul, and a master in computer science and ‘color in science and industry’ at universities in France, Spain, Finland, Japan. For her cognitive neuroscience master, in the Sleep & Memory Lab she investigated the neural mechanisms of mnemonic strategies. She then moved on to a PhD bridging machine learning and psychiatry at the Donders Institute.
 
Oliver Stange Oliver Stange investigated biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases during his bachelor’s in Furtwangen and Gothenburg. After a stint at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Tübingen, he started with his master in molecular life sciences with a specialisation in neuroscience at Radboud University. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigated the association between sleep and blood plasma dynamics, before moving on to Lund University.
 
Famke Roest Famke Roest did a bachelor’s degree in medical biology with a research project on 3D-Polarized Light Imaging on human brain tissue at Radboud University. During her master’s studies in medical biology she focused on cognitive neuropsychology topics and the neural basis of psychiatric disorders. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, she explored how visual/acoustic cueing procedures can modulate dream experiences, before moving on with her master studies.
 
Diede Booltink Diede Booltink studied applied science at Fontys University Eindhoven and is now working on her master’s degree in medical biology with the specialization of neuroscience. In the Sleep & Memory Lab she investigated lucid dreaming induction strategies, before moving on with her master studies.
 
Rathiga Varatheeswaran Rathiga Varatheeswaran has been involved in several projects in the Sleep & Memory Lab as a master intern and research assistant working with fMRI, TMS, polysomnography and novel sleep recording techniques with a focus on depression. She then moved on to her PhD project on emotional memory processing at the German Resilience Center Mainz, targeting deep brain structures with concurrent TMS-fMRI and -EEG.
 
Julia Pottkämper Julia Pottkämper did a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology before starting a research master in cognitive neuroscience. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab she investigated the role of the mPFC and sleep for emotional memory bias. She now works on a PhD project on depression and epilepsy at the University of Twente.
 
Marios Diamantopoulos Marios Diamantopoulos finished his neuroscience master at the University of Edinburgh after his studies of medicine at the University of Athens. Intrigued by neural networks and the role of sleep/dreaming in cognition, he aims to integrate neuroscientific research into psychiatry. In the Sleep & Memory lab, he investigated emotional memory, before moving on to Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
 
Stefanos Loizou Stefanos Loizou studied human biology at the University of Nicosia/Cyprus and the University of South Wales before graduating from his master’s in medical biology at Radboud University. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he worked on the role of sleep for emotional memory bias, and could occasionally be spotted by the coffee machine day dreaming about an animal model for this topic. For his PhD he moved on to the University of Utah.
 
Elisa Lancini Elisa Lancini studied clinical psychology at the University of Padua. In her master project in the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she analyzed the association between sleep and amyloid-beta dynamics. She then moved on to the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Magdeburg for a PhD project on the role of dopamine and noradrenaline in age-related memory decline.
 
Danielle Tump Danielle Tump did a dual master’s degree in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience. When not organizing parabolic flights with the European Space Agency or tinkering with brain-computer interfaces, she analyzed sleep EEG signatures of vestibular replay of radically new experiences, namely zero gravity. She now works at the Donders spinoff MindAffect, further developing BCI setups with a particular focus on application in ALS and Locked-In patients.
 
Alessandro Orticoni Alessandro Orticoni was trained in clinical engineering and biomedical engineering at the University La Sapienza in Rome, followed by a research stay at the EPFL in Lausanne. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab he worked on his master’s project on the neural correlated of lucid dreaming training. Afterwards he moved on to a research position at San Raffaele University of Rome.
 
Carmen van Hooijdonk Carmen van Hooijdonk studied cognitive neuropsychology at the Free University Amsterdam. During her master project in the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigated the association between mood and lucid dreaming. She then moved on to Leiden and Amsterdam for a PhD project on the neurochemistry of treatment-resistant schizophrenia using PET and MRI.
 
Simon Kern Simon Kern did a bachelor in cognitive science at Osnabrück University investigating pharmacological induction of lucid dreaming, and a master in artificial intelligence at Radboud University. For his master project in the Sleep & Memory Lab, he developed an automatic sleep scoring algorithm using convolutional neural networks. He moved on to work on very similar topics in a start-up, developing analysis algorithms for sleep EEG headbands.
 
Thomas Houweling Thomas Houweling did a bachelor’s degree in social and organizational psychology at the University of Padua, a master’s degree in clinical neuropsychology at Leiden University, and a further master’s in cognitive neuroscience back at the University of Padua. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab he investigated lucid dreaming and lunar cycle effects on sleep. He now works on his PhD in neurolinguistics at the University of Zurich.
 
Isabella Wagner Isabella Wagner did a master’s degree in psychology and worked as research assistant on brain-computer interface projects in Graz and Albany before her PhD at the Donders Institute. As a postdoc in the Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigated how mnemonic experts encode, consolidate and retrieve long-lasting memories with ease. She now works on social neuroscience topics at the University of Vienna.
 

Alumni: Bachelor students and summer interns

Mirthe Stevelink Mirthe Stevelink works on a bachelor in psychology with a focus on brain and cognition at Radboud University. In her summer internship at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she performed pilot experiments for a large study on the association between memory consolidation and dream experiences.
 
Elena Nicolaou Elena Nicolaou did a bachelor in psychology at Radboud University. She joined the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab as part of her honors project and investigated the influence of sleep on memory bias. After a research stay at the Charite University Hospital in Berlin, she is back in Nijmegen to work on her master in cognitive neuroscience.
 
Linda Schlüter Linda Schlüter is a third-year psychology student at Radboud University. As part of her honors internship, she joined the Sleep & Memory Lab to work on several projects related to her special interest in lucid dreaming. After writing her bachelor’s thesis on dream phenomena in schizophrenia, she started a research master in cognitive neuroscience.
 
Bethan Burnside Bethan Burnside had completed a bachelor psychology before joining the Sleep & Memory Lab as a summer intern, in order to gain lab experience prior to her master in neuroscience at King’s College London. During her internship at Donders, she assisted in both an fMRI-based study on memory bias, and EEG-based research exploring lucid dreaming. She then moved on to the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology.
 
Ece Saadet Beyaz Ece Saadet Beyaz is a psychology bachelor student from İstanbul Sehir University. She aims to become a cognitive neuroscientist with a focus on sleep and memory processes which she will already study in her summer internship at the Donders Sleep & Memory and Memory Dynamics Labs. Her non-professional interests include hiking in nature and diving in the sea.
 
Margherita Calderan Margherita Calderan studied cognitive psychology and psychobiology at the University of Padua, where she investigated the influence of sleep on emotional memories, before starting a master of cognitive neuroscience. During her summer internship at the Sleep & Memory Lab she investigated memory bias in major depressive disorder. Besides her passion for neuroscience, she loves nature and enjoys outdoor activities and playing football.
 
Yana Schwarze Yana Schwarze did a bachelor in cognitive science at the University of Osnabrück. Before starting a master in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University, she did an internship with the Sleep & Memory Lab to satisfy her interest in sleep research and get some hands-on research experience.
 
Almudena Robledo Almudena Robledo is a third year Bachelor student of health biology at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid. After reading works of Eric Kandel and Oliver Sacks, she gained a particular interest in cognitive science and would like to specialize in Neurobiology. During her summer internship at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigated lucid dreaming. During her free time she enjoys drawing, writing and feeding algae to Aplysia fasciata on the Mediterranean cost.
 
Thomas Lieber Thomas Lieber studied psychology with a focus on brain and cognition at Radboud University. For his bachelor honours thesis he focused on metacognition during dreaming, and further conducted a meta-analysis on the effects of targeted memory reactivation during sleep. He then moved on to Leiden University for a master in statistical science.
 
Bart Stuart Bart Stuart studied medicine and biomedical sciences at Radboud University. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, his work revolved around studying the induction of lucid dreaming. After obtaining his bachelor degree, he moved on to comedy school to follow his profound talent of being funny.
 
Marieke Zwolsman Marieke Zwolsman is a medicine bachelor student interested in pretty much any branch of medicine as well as research. During her joint honors project at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab and at Monash University in Melbourne, she investigated the interaction between sleep, circadian rhythms, cognition, and mood.
 
Suzanne van Ooij Suzanne van Ooij worked during her medicine bachelor’s honors program jointly at the Donders Sleep & Memory lab and at Monash University in Melbourne, conducting research on REM sleep, mood, and subjective memory complaints. Next to studying and doing research, she likes to spend her time cooking with friends, traveling or working out at the gym.
 
Eline Boon Eline Boon is a biomedical sciences bachelor’s student. After a project on lucid dreaming within the Sleep & Memory Lab, for her bachelor’s thesis she is testing how sleep affects the consolidation of emotional memory schemas.
 
Mahmoud Chaabou Mahmoud Chaabou is a biotechnology bachelor’s student at the Technical University Berlin. He joined the Sleep & Memory Lab to do his bachelor’s thesis on lucid dreaming. Since he was 16 he dreamed lucidly and was curious about this phenomenon, so he decided to move to Nijmegen to be part of a research group in this field. Besides lucid dreaming he enjoys the time with friends, playing volleyball and meeting new people.
 
Steven Wilson Steven Wilson is a bachelor psychology student from Glasgow. He is in Nijmegen for a summer internship with the Sleep & Memory team because of his interest in the phenomenon of lucid dreaming, and he would like to gain experience in this field of research as he is hopeful of a career as a researcher after university. Outside of work Steven enjoys playing football, going to the gym and has a particular interest in conspiracy theories.
 
Luke Gorman Luke Gorman did a bachelor in neuroscience at University College Dublin. He joined the Sleep & Memory team for work experience before his final year due to his passion and interest in the phenomenon of lucid dreaming. He hopes one day to lead a research team in sleep and dreaming back in Ireland. Apart from dreaming Luke enjoys playing football, and is passionate about the environment, nature, animals and food.
 
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