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Renée Koolschijn

DPhil Student

I am a DPhil candidate in cognitive computational neuroscience, supervised by Dr Helen Barron, Prof Jill O’Reilly and Dr Hamed Nili, based at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN). My research centres around investigating the neural mechanisms for learning and memory recall in humans, focussing in particular on the role that neurochemicals play in these processes. To this end, I use techniques such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging and MR Spectroscopy, in combination with pharmacological interventions or non-invasive brain stimulation. By applying perturbations using drugs or brain stimulations to the healthy brain and measuring their effects, we hope to gain more insight into the mechanisms responsible for memory impairment in clinical conditions.

Prior to starting my DPhil, I completed a BSc in Life Science and Technology and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. I subsequently worked as a medical engineer for several years before moving to Oxford and taking up a position as a research assistant in Tim Behrens’ lab.