I was awarded my MSc in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Groningen in 2010 and my PhD in Human Genetics from the Leiden University Medical Center in 2017. Since 2016, I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Language and Genetics department of the MPI. In 2020, I received a Veni grant of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for my research on the genetics of stuttering.
My work focuses on the genetics of speech and language-related traits and disorders, with a main focus on stuttering. We launched our research on the genetics of stuttering in December 2019. Stuttering is caused partly by genetic factors. By identifying the genetic factors involved, we hope to learn more about stuttering. Questions we for example hope to answer are: what biological processes are involved in stuttering, and why does stuttering persists into adulthood in some people. For more information (in Dutch), and to participate, you can visit our study webpage.
Article by NEMO Kennislink about genetics of voice pitch
Lecture for the general public on stuttering during the open day of the MPI
Television interview in Dutch talk-show 'Beau' on stuttering
Radio interview on Radio 1 about the genetics of stuttering
Podcast by Trustyourssstruggle on the genetics of stuttering
Podcast Woordwaarde by BNR nieuwsradio on the genetics of stuttering
Newspaper article in De Gelderlander on the genetics of stuttering study
Radio interview on Radio Drenthe on the genetics of stuttering study (from minute 10:58)
Newspaper article in Het Parool on receiving a VENI grant for my research on the genetics of stuttering
Article by NEMO Kennislink on my research on the genetics of stuttering
Television interview in '5 Uur Live' on RTL4 on the genetics of stuttering
Television news item in 'het Jeugdjournaal' of the NOS on the start of our genetics of stuttering research
Radio news item on Radio 1 about the start of our genetics of stuttering research
Public outreach at Max Planck Day in Munich in 2018, representing the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
DIY lab at the InScience Film Festival in Nijmegen in 2016 and 2017
Interview in article series of the LUMC magazine “researcher meets patient” (2015)