I first studied Cultural Sciences with a specialization in Media Culture at Maastricht University (Bachelor, 2003-2006, Netherlands), followed by a Master in Media and Communications Management at King’s College (2006-2007, United Kingdom). After obtaining my degree, I worked for several years in marketing at a European b2b company.
Missing the challenge and thrill of science, I went back to university to pursue a Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University (2010-2012). During my subsequent Ph.D., I investigated the neural mechanisms of human sound localization with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I also received an Erasmus Mundus Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Mobility Fellowship to conduct part of my Ph.D. research at Georgetown University with Prof. Josef Rauschecker (2015-2016, United States).
From 2017 until 2020, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at various departments of Maastricht University. My research focused on interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of neuroscience, computational modelling, and clinical audiology. In this period, I became more and more interested in the potential of deep learning for understanding neural auditory processing. In 2020, I was awarded a Marie-Curie Individual Global Fellowship to investigate the computational mechanisms underlying the neural encoding of location of real-life sounds in the brain of normal and hearing impaired listeners. With great pleasure, I am currently working on the research outlined in my Marie-Curie project at Radboud University (advisor: Prof. Marcel van Gerven) and Columbia University (advisor: Prof. Nima Mesgarani).