I study neural correlates of compulsive behavior, focusing on the mechanisms responsible for the transition from flexible to inflexible actions. In my experiments, I characterize activity of single neurons and the local network in CTSC circuits that are active during the development of compulsivity to discover abnormalities in functional brain connectivity underlying this behavior.
My personal research interests are to investigate the interplay between single cell activity and network dynamics and to identify how these are conducive to higher level cognitive and behavioral processes. After obtaining my Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, I pursued my doctorate at the University of Amsterdam. Here, I studied spatial memory to characterize impaired hippocampal neuronal and network activity in a genetic model of intellectual disability.