Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Our lead scientists

Donders Institute research is divided into four main themes and several research groups. These groups are headed by the following research fellows and (associate) Principal Investigators.

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Esther AartsEsther Aarts

Principal Investigator
Food & Cognition
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Piray Atsak      atsak

Associate Principal Investigator
(under construction)
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Alejandro Arias VasquezAriasVasquez, Alejandro2018

Principal Investigator
Genetic Epidemiology of Brain Traits and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Francesco Battaglia Francesco Battaglia

Principal Investigator
Neuronal Networks of Memory
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Christian Beckmann     beckmann10x152018umc

Principal Investigator
Statistics Imaging Neuroscience
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Harold Bekkeringbekkering2018ru

Principal Investigator
Social Educational Neuroscience (SENSe)
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Bas Bloem   Bloem10152018umcfoto

Principal Investigator
Neurological Movement Disorders
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Hans van BokhovenZ090119Bokhoven201610

Principal Investigator
Molecular Neurogenetics
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Inti Brazil Brazil10x15el1018

Associate Principal Investigator
Systems Approach to Maladaptive Behaviour & Antisociality (SAMBA)
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Han BrunnerBrunner, Han

Principal Investigator
Human Genetics
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Jan Buitelaar buitelaar10x152018

Principal Investigator
Developmental Neuropsychiatry
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Jurgen Claassenclaassen

Principal Investigator
Cerebral Circulation and Cognition in Aging Humans
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Michael Cohen    Cohen10x15umc2018

Principal Investigator
Synchronisation in Neural Systems
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Rob Collincollin10x152018

Principal Investigator
Molecular Therapy for Inherited Eye Disorders
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Ton Coolen  coolen


Principal Investigator
Physics of Machine Learning and Complex Systems
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Roshan Cools Cools10x15201803

Principal Investigator
Motivational & Cognitive Control
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Frans Cremers Cremers10x152018

Principal Investigator
Blindness Genetics
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Peter Desain Desain%20Peter-5fdb37b0

Principal Investigator
Brain Computer Interfacing
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Ton Dijkstra

Principal Investigator
Cognitive Aspects of Multilingualism
Theme: Language and Communication

Martin DreslerGV_2309A5036Dresler

Principal Investigator
Sleep and Memory
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Baziel van Engelen engelen10x15umc

Principal Investigator
Neuromuscular Diseases
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Bernhard Englitz 687782

Associate Principal Investigator
Computational Neuroscience Lab
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Guillén Fernández  fernandezguillen

Principal Investigator
Memory and Emotion
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Simon Fisher

Principal Investigator
Neurogenetics of Speech and Language
Theme: Language and Communication

Barbara Franke Franke, Barbara1

Principal Investigator
Genetics of Brain Function and (Psychiatric) Malfunction
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Surya Gayet Gayet

Research fellow
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Linda Geerligsgeerligslinda

Associate Principal Investigator
Dynamic and naturalistic cognitive neuroscience
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Lisa Genzel  1genzel10x15el1018

Principal Investigator
Networks of memory and sleep
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Marcel van Gerven Marcel van Gerven

Principal Investigator
Artificial Cognitive Systems
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Alexander Geurts Geurts10x152018

Principal Investigator
Neurorehabilitation
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Corina Greven greven, corina

Principal Investigator
Positive Developmental Psychopathology
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Joanes Grandjean     Joanes1

Research Fellow
Preclinical Neuroimaging
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Koen Haak  naamloos

Associate Principal Investigator
Vision and Imaging Neuroscience
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Peter Hagoort

Principal Investigator
Neurobiology of Language
Theme: Language and Communication

Saskia Haegens saskiahaegens

Associate Principal Investigator
Brain Rhythms
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Anne-Sophie Hafner
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Principal Investigator
Molecular dynamics of the Synapse

Pim HaselagerGV_2809A6020Pim Haselager

Principal Investigator
Theoretical Cognitive Science
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Rick Helmich helmich10x15umc2018

Associate Principal Investigator
Systems Neurology
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Marloes Henckens 1marloes

Associate Principal Investigator
Stress-related psychopathology
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Erno Hermans Z329255Hermans

Principal Investigator
Cognitive Affective Neuroscience
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Tom Heskes Tom_Heskes

Affiliated Principal Investigator
Machine Learning (iCIS)
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Anneke den Hollander Hollander10x152018

Principal Investigator
Multifactorial eye diseases
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Judith HollerHoller, Judith

Principal Investigator
Communication in Social Interaction (CoSI)
Theme: Language and Communication

Judith Homberg Judith2017

Principal Investigator
Behavioural Neurogenetics
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Carel Hoyng Hoyng10x152018

Principal Investigator
Macular Degeneration and Ophthamogenetics
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Sabine Hunnius  hunnius10x15ru2018

Principal Investigator
Baby Research on Action, Interaction & Neurocognition
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Gabriele Janzen Janzen, Gabrielle

Associate Principal Investigator
Neural Correlates of Spatial Memory
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Janneke Jehee Janneke Jehee

Principal Investigator
Visual Computation
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Bert Kappen coverfoto_-_artikel

Principal Investigator
Machine Learning (Biophysics)
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Roy Kessels Z429260Kessels20170110bij15

Principal Investigator
Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Tim Kietzmann kietzmann foto

Associated Principal Investigator
Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Rogier Kievit Knipsel

Principal Investigator
Developmental Neuroscience
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Amanda Kiliaan Z435122Kiliaan20170510bij15

Principal Investigator
Cerebral Circulation and Cognition in Mice and Men
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Caroline KlaverKlaver10x15umc2018

Principal Investigator
Genetic-epidermiologic studies of various
complex and Mendelian eye disorders
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Tjitske Kleefstra     kleefstra1

Associate Principal Investigator
Psychopathology in rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Jeroen KleveringKlevering2018umc10x15

Associate Principal Investigator
Retinal Dystrophies
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Karin KlijnKlijn10x152018umc

Principal Investigator
Intracerebral haemorrhage and stroke
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Nils Kohn GV_2309A5115Kohn

Associate Principal Investigator
Brain Networks in Regulation
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Sharon Kolk GV_2309A5078Kolk

Associate Principal Investigator
Neurodevelopment
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Raymond Koopmans   koopmans1

Principal Investigator
Long-term dementia
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Hannie KremerKremer10x152018umc

Principal Investigator
Usher syndrome: Genetics and Functional Genomics
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Johan Kwisthout kwisthoutfoto

Associated Principal Investigator
Foundations of Natural and Stochastic Computing
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Nanda Lambregts-Rommelse nanda lambregts

Principal Investigator
Bridging the gap between science and practice for ADHD
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Floris de Langelange10x15ru

Principal Investigator
Predictive Brain
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Frank-Erik de Leeuw  5d631bb0-38dd-414f-bc95-e3848c0d904b-blockpersoonzoom1

Principal Investigator
Cerebrovascular disease
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Dirk LefeberGV_0910dirk LefeberGV_1809A4749

Principal Investigator
Glycosylation Disorders in Neurology
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Tessa van LeeuwenLeeuwen, Tessa van1

Research fellow
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Kristin Lemhöfer

Principal Investigator
Neurocognition of bilingualism
Theme: Language and Communication

Rob van Lier GV_09100610A6686Rob van Lier

Principal Investigator
Perception and Awareness
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Lyia Ma  Ma

Principal Investigator
to be announced
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Eric Maris     Maris_E

Principal Investigator
Neurophysiology of Active Perception
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

André Marquand Marquand10x15jaaronbekend

Principal Investigator
Predictive Clinical Neuroscience
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

José P. Marques Jose_Marques6

Associate Principal Investigator
MR Structural Quantitative Imaging
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Rogier Mars Rogier Mars

Principal Investigator
Cognitive Neuroecology Lab
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Gerard Martens Gerard_Martens

Principal Investigator
Molecular Animal Physiology
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Andrea Martin Andrea Martin

Principal Investigator
Language and Computation in Neural Systems
Theme: Language and Communication

James McQueen

Principal Investigator
Sound Learning
Theme: Language and Communication

Pieter Medendorp PieterMedendorp

Principal Investigator
Sensorimotor Control
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Antje MeyerMeyer, Antje

Principal Investigator (Affiliated)
Theme: Language and Communication

Uta Noppeney

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Multisensory perception, learning and attention
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Nael Nadif Kasri Z594187NadifKasri201705

Principal Investigator
Molecular Neurophysiology
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

David Norris    david norris

Principal Investigator
MR Techniques in Brain Function
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Freyja Ólafsdóttir    freyja olafsdottir

Research Fellow
Neural Mechanisms of Episodic and Spatial Memory
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Marcel Olde Rikkert    olderikkert

Principal Investigator  
Alzheimer Center Nijmegen
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Robert Oostenveld  robert

Associate Principal Investigator
MEG methods
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Joukje Oosterman joukje oosterman

Associate Principal Investigator
Cognitive Aging
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

John van Opstal Opstal10x15el1018

Principal Investigator
Auditory System, Gaze Control & Executive Function
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Hanneke den Ouden Hanneke den Ouden

Principal Investigator
Learning & Decision-making
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Asli ÖzyürekOzyurek, Asli.01

Principal Investigator
Multimodal Language and Cognition
Theme: Language and Communication

Marius Peelen Marius Peelen

Principal Investigator
Visual Cognitive Neuroscience
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Vitória Piai

Associate Principal Investigator
Language Function and Dysfunction
Theme: Language and Communication

Wim PouwPouw, Wim

Research Fellow
Theme: Language and Communication

Edo Richardrichardedo10x18umc

Principal Investigator
Prevention of Dementia
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Ardi RoelofsRoelofs, Ardi

Principal Investigator
Attention and Language Performance
Theme: Language and Communication

Karin Roelofs roelofsjaaronbekend

Principal Investigator
Affective Neuroscience
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Susanne Roosing Roosing

Associate Principal Investigator
Blindness Genetics
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Iris van Rooij Iris van Rooij

Principal Investigator
Computational Cognitive Science
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Benno RoozendaalZ709212Roosendaal20180410bij15

Associate Principal Investigator
Behavioural Neuroscience
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Caroline Rowland

Principal Investigator (Affiliated)
Language Development
Theme: Language and Communication

Eric Ruhe (personal page under construction) eric ruhe

Associate Principal Investigator
Recurrence and treatment-resistance of unipolar depression
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Alan Sanfey Sanfey, Alan

Principal Investigator
Decision Neuroscience
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Hans Scheffer  Scheffer10x152018umc

Associate Principal Investigator
Clinical Molecular Genetics of Heterogeneous Genetic Disorders
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Annette SchenckSchenck, Annette2018

Principal Investigator
Drosophila Models of Brain Disorders
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Herbert Schriefers

Principal Investigator
Contextual Flexibility in Language Processing
Theme: Language and Communication

Anne Speckens Z788165Speckens201705

Principal Investigator
Affective disorders
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Eelke  SpaakEelke Spaak

Research fellow
Prediction and Consciousness
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Emma Sprooten sprooten

Associate Principal Investigator
Psychiatry and Neuroimaging Genetics
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Wouter Staal Z793163Staal201604

Associate Principal Investigator
Translational research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Erik Storkebaum 20210624 Erik Storkebaum

Principal Investigator
Molecular Neurobiology

Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Indira Tendolkarbb tendolkar 1 rechthoek

Associate Principal Investigator
Clinical neuroscience in psychiatry
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Serge Thillserge thill foto2

Associate Principal Investigator                                                    
Foundations of Intelligent Technology (FoundIT)
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Paul Tiesinga  paul

Principal Investigator
Neuroinformatics
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology

Ivan Toni Ivan Toni

Principal Investigator
Intention and Action
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Anil Tuladhar Tuladhar10x15umc2018

Associate Principal Investigator
Cerebrovascular disease
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Joris Veltman      veltman1

Principal Investigator
Genomic Diseases
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Marcel Verbeek verbeek10x152018umc

Principal Investigator
Neurochemistry of Neurodegeneration
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Lennart Verhagen Verhagen

Associate Principal Investigator
Cognitive Neuromodulation
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Robbert-Jan VerkesVerkes10x15umc

Associate Principal Investigator
Disorders in Impulse- and Aggression Regulation
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Lisenka Vissers Lisenka Vissers

Associate Principal Investigator
Translational Genomics
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Bert de Vries Vries, Bertde10bij15

Principal Investigator
Genomic profiling in intellectual disability
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Nienke de VriesKnipsel

Associate Principal Investigator
Disorder of movement
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Marc van WanrooijMarcVanWanrooij

Principal Investigator
Multisensory Integration
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making


Bart van de Warrenburg

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Principal Investigator
Rare and Genetic Movement Disorders
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Richard van Wezel Richard van Wezel

Principal Investigator
Visual Neuroscience
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Vivian Weerdensteyn  vivian228240ce-1e2f-4ce2-a582-9064722405f4-blockpersoonzoom1

Principal Investigator
Mobility and neurological diseases
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Carolina de Weerthweert, carolina de_6986

Principal Investigator
Developmental Psychobiology Lab
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Roel WillemsWillems, Roel

Research fellow (Affiliated)
Theme: Language and Communication

Gert Jan van der Wilt (pages under construction)wilt10x152017

Associate Principal Investigator
Theme: Development and lifelong plasticity

Erwin van WykWyk

Associate Principal Investigator
Theme: Perception, Action and Decision-making

Fleur Zeldenrust

Fleur Zeldenrust

Research fellow
Biophysics of neural computation
Theme: Natural Computing & Neurotechnology