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Martin Dresler Martin Dresler is principal investigator of the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab. Trained in biopsychology, philosophy and mathematics, he switched to cognitive neuroscience for his PhD and postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Oxford University and Stanford University before establishing his own lab at the Donders Institute, giving him the opportunity to pursue several slightly weird research lines full time.
 
Boris Konrad Boris Nikolai Konrad leads the mnemonics program in the lab. Trained in physics and computer science at the Technical University Dortmund and University of Reading, he switched to psychology for his PhD on the neural mechanisms underlying superior memory skills at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry. Being a professional memory trainer and successful memory athlete himself since many years, he recently failed to keep his superhero identity as the Memory Man a secret any longer.
 
Leonore Bovy Leonore Bovy spent already some years at the Donders Institute as a cognitive neuroscience student and research assistant before finally submitting to the third offer for a PhD position in the lab. After her PhD on sleep and memory bias in depression, she works on postdoctoral and industrial data science projects, and pursues further strictly scientific projects in black metal and Dungeons & Dragons research.
 
Frederik Weber Frederik Weber is the creator and lead developer of the SpiSOP sleep analysis toolbox. Originally trained in bioinformatics, he performed his PhD research on the association between sleep and memory processes at the University of Tübingen. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, Freddy will integrate SpiSOP into the FieldTrip environment – the product obviously to be dubbed as SleepTrip – and apply it on big sleep data.
 
Sarah Schoch Sarah Schoch completed her bachelor in psychology, biology, and education, and her master in psychology at the University of Zurich. During her PhD at the University of Zurich and at the Salk Institute in San Diego, she investigated how sleep and gut microbiota develop in infancy. In her postdoctoral research in the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates the association between dreaming and memory consolidation. In her free time, she enjoys baking, exchanging postcards, and playing board and video games.
 
Nils Müller Nils Müller originally studied mathematics, philosophy and education in Göttingen to become a school teacher. His interest in the mechanisms underlying learning success brought him to Nijmegen for a second master’s in cognitive neuroscience. During his PhD, he investigated how prior knowledge enhances the acquisition of new but related information. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he is involved in neuroimaging studies of sleep and memory.
 
Samran Navid Samran Navid did a bachelor in computer engineering at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Pakistan, a master in biomedical engineering at National University of Sciences and Technology, a PhD in clinical science and biomedicine at Aalborg University, and a postdoc at New Zealand College of Chiropractic. At the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigates sleep EEG in major depression and BCI applications during sleep.
 
Jingyuan Ren Jingyuan Ren did her psychology bachelor at Hainan Normal University and her psychology master at Capital Normal University before starting her PhD on the neurobiology of creativity at Capital Normal University and – as visiting researcher – at State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning and at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University. At the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates the association between sleep and creativity.
 
Mariana de Carvalho Pereira Mariana de Carvalho Pereira did a bachelor in telecommunication engineering at Federal University of São João del-Rei, Brazil, with research stays in Birmingham and Chicago, working with MRI, REM sleep disorders, and Parkinson’s disease. During her masters in computational engineering at University of Campinas, Brazil, she investigated Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis using MRI and deep learning. In her PhD in the Sleep & Memory Lab she investigates the neurobiology of human REM sleep. Besides science, she loves traveling, cooking, lifting weights, and painting watercolor.
 
Cagatay Demirel Çağatay Demirel did a bachelor in computer science and engineering at Marmara University, Istanbul, and at Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a master in computer science and engineering at Istanbul Technical University. After some time as a machine learning engineer in the industry, he joined the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab for his PhD on BCI and machine learning applications on sleep and dreaming.
 
Mahdad Jafarzadeh Esfahani Mahdad Jafarzadeh Esfahani did a bachelor in electrical engineering at Islamic Azad University, Tehran, and a master in biomedical engineering, neural & motor systems at Twente University. For is PhD in collaboration with Arenar B.V., he is developing wearable sleep recording and enhancement technology, applying machine learning and different acoustic and visual cueing strategies.
 
Demetrius de Paula Demetrius Ribeiro de Paula collects degrees of higher education, holding a master in physics from the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil; a master in project management from the University of Fortaleza, Brazil; and a master in medical physics from Western University, Canada. In addition to his PhD project on fMRI and EEG methods, he is CEO of Brainet, a company developing diagnostic neuroimaging tools. Besides being a free software enthusiast for many years, he likes yoga, running, swimming and biking.
 
Sofia Tzioridou Sofia Tzioridou did a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a master’s degree in cognitive and clinical neuroscience at Goldsmith’s University of London. After working as a research assistant at the Donders Institute and at Oxford University, she now pursues a joint PhD on the association between sleep/dreaming and emotional processing in the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab and at Marburg University.
 
Yevgenia Rosenblum Yevgenia Rosenblum did her bachelor and master in neurobiology at Tel Aviv University. During her PhD, also at Tel Aviv University, she studies cognitive dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases and its association with impaired sleep using EEG. She joined the Sleep & Memory Lab as an exchange student to explore associations between sleep and nocturnal amyloid beta dynamics.
 
Teresa Campillo Ferrer Teresa Campillo Ferrer did a bachelor in biological sciences and a master in neuroscience at Complutense University of Madrid, with a research project at the Cajal Institute on the role of estradiol-prolactin interaction in hippocampal synaptic plasticity. In her PhD at Ruhr University Bochum in collaboration with the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab she investigates the neurobiology of non-waking states of consciousness.
 
Leila Salvesen Leila Salvesen did a bachelor in psychology at the University of Montpellier and a master in neuropsychology at the Free University of Brussels. In her PhD at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, in collaboration with the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates the association between dreaming and memory consolidation.
 
Marc Schwartz Marc Schwartz studied nanotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and after a research stay at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin obtained a master in brain and cognition at Pompeu Fabra University. For his PhD at Pompeu Fabra University, he investigates computational principles behind temporal processing of auditory stimuli and how these are modulated over decreasing arousal states including sleep. In his free time he enjoys making music, hiking and pottery.
 
Ugur Can Akkaya Uğur Can Akkaya did a bachelor in mechanical engineering at Istanbul Beykent University, with a research stays at Białystok Technical University, Poland, and a master in Sonic Arts at Istanbul Technical University. In his PhD at Technical University Dresden and during his guest stay at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigates the association between sleep and music.
 
Niloy Sikder Niloy Sikder did a bachelor in electronics and communication engineering and a master in computer science and engineering at Khulna University, Bangladesh. In his PhD at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab and Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences, he investigates big sleep data with machine learning strategies.
 
Jarrod Gott Jarrod Gott did a master in neuroscience at Swinburne University, Melbourne, investigating the neural and behavioral correlates of mental imagery. Jarrod is focused on modeling the relationship between phenomenal perception, electrophysiological activity and agent control; particularly regarding aberrant metacognitive states. Outside scientific and philosophical research, he enjoys building electronics, hiking, mountain biking and free-diving.
 
Emma Peters Emma Peters did a biology bachelor before starting her master in cognitive neuroscience, both at Radboud University. Her favorite things are hallucinations and paranormal experiences seen from a neuroscientific viewpoint. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, she worked on lucid dreaming topics during her bachelor and as a research assistant, before starting her her cognitive neuroscience master project on large multimodal sleep data.
 
Laura Stalenhoef Laura Stalenhoef did a bachelor in psychology at Tilburg University with an Erasmus semester at Münster University. Next to her bachelor, she participated in the excellence program of the Tilburg School of Behavioral Science, before starting her master in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates arousals in REM sleep on the basis of big sleep EEG datasets.
 
Carmen Heuvelmans Carmen Heuvelmans did a bachelor in product design at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan, with a research stay at the Pratt Institute in New York City. She then switched to a pre-master in cognitive science and artificial intelligence at Tilburg University, before starting her master in cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University. In the Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates sleep EEG wearables and explores designs for additional applications.
 
Tatiana Almazova Tatiana Almazova did a bachelor in philosophy at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow before starting her master in cognitive science at the University of Osnabrück, specializing in neuroscience and artificial intelligence. After contributing her skills in polysomnographic analyses to Osnabrück Sleep Center and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, she joined the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab to work on big sleep data studies.
 
Amirhossein Daraie Amirhossein Daraie works on a dual bachelor in electrical and biomedical engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran. He has several years of experience in international robotics competitions. At the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he is developing soft- and hardware solutions for home-based sleep recordings and sleep modulation.
 
Yon Keuren Yon Keuren did a bachelor of biomedical sciences at Maastricht University before starting his master in biomedical sciences at Radboud University. In his master internship at the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he investigates wearable sleep EEG technology.
 
Leonie Kooloos Leonie Kooloos did a bachelor in biology and an educative module at Utrecht University before starting her master in medical biology at Radboud University, specializing in neurobiology and science in society. In parallel, she worked as a biology teacher. At the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, she investigates the role of dreaming in memory consolidation.
 
Ruben Teunisse Ruben Teunisse did a bachelor in artificial intelligence at Utrecht University before starting his dual master in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience at Radboud University. In the Donders Sleep & Memory Lab, he works on machine learning strategies for big sleep EEG datasets.
 
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