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Please check my website for the focus of my research, recent papers, as well as internship eligibility and application procedure: https://mcn.cncr.nl/research_teams/animal_models_of_psychiatric_disease/

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Prof.dr. Sabine Spijker obtained a MSc in Molecular Neurobiology in 1994 and a PhD in Neuroscience at the VU University Amsterdam in 1999. She received post-doctoral training at the IGBMC in Strasbourg (EMBO long-term fellowship, Marie Curie), and at the VU University Amsterdam.

She was awarded a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2015 to expand on her research into the molecular basis of the maintained state of depression.

Currently she is interested in how stress becomes manifested as depression at the molecular and cellular level, focusing on deficits in learning and memory.

Research

The focus of my team is on cognition and how it is affected by neuropsychiatric ailments, such as depression. We study maladaptation of synapses and circuitry brought about by unique molecular signatures in hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.

Teaching

Apart from contributions to several courses (BSc and MSc level), as well as guest lectures at other institutions, I am course coordinator and teacher in the Human Development course of P4 in the Bsc Biomedical Science curriculum in year 1. Although it is not entirely related to my own specialization, topics like embryology and teratology, as well as organ development, have taught me a lot on important steps in (neuro)development at the molecular level.

I love accompanying students on their journey into the fascinating world of science.

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  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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