Cleo Smeets


After completing my PhD research at the University of Groningen and a postdoc at Yale University, both on spinocerebellar ataxia, I am now working on the role of the cerebellum in speech and language using several mouse models.

A mouse model without Foxp2 expression in Purkinje cells allows me to study the effect of loss of Foxp2 on the microcircuitry of the cerebellum.

With this mouse model and 3 others, I also study the effect of partial or local loss of Foxp2 in the cortex, striatum, or cerebellum on mouse ultrasonic vocalizations and related neural activity.

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