Karis Colyer-Patel, Master student

My name is Karis Colyer-Patel and I moved from London to the Netherlands last year to start the Neuroscience and Cognition research masters at Utrecht University! I am also working part-time as a research assistant where I am investigating the association between fear conditioning trajectories, anxiety-related characteristics and fear of the coronavirus. I am really excited to work as a master’s intern in the Neuroscience of Addiction lab from December 2020 onwards, where I will support with on-going data collection for the Joint study. I am particularly interested in understanding the neurobiology of addiction and investigating how the neural mechanisms that underpin cognitive processes are altered when individuals progress onto developing a dependence to a substance. And also understanding whether these changes are substance specific. My specific project is yet to be determined, but I will have the opportunity to analyse both fMRI and cognitive task data, in order to assess differences in brain function and cognitive processes due to substance use. When I can, I love to take part in sports, particularly football. Although for the last few months this hasn’t been possible, I’m looking forward to getting back to this. Aside from that, I am a big fan of animals. Especially, my small dog Bailey who of course also made the move to the Netherlands with me!

Rianne van der Burgt, Bachelor student

Hi! My name is Rianne and from February until June I will be an intern at the NOFA lab. This internship will help me complete my Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology. My interests are very broad, from molecular to psychological level, but is mostly focused on the effect of or on neurological disorders. Therefore, I will look into the relationship between cannabis use, depression and a possible mediation of early life trauma. After my Bachelor’s degree I’m hoping to start a Master’s degree in molecular neuroscience. I am very grateful for this internship and I’m eager to join the team. Hope to see you around!

Lisanne Schaveling, Bachelor student

I am currently in my last year of the bachelor Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam. During my bachelor I have developed an interest in the (neuro)development of behavioral and mental health problems. Therefore, I am following a pre-master trajectory for the master Development and Health Psychology. Furthermore, I will do my internship at the NOFA lab from November 2020 to March 2021. I will focus on cultural differences regarding social influence on cannabis use. I look forward to gaining more experience in this work field.

Anne Tjepkema, Bachelor student

I am currently finishing my final year of the Bachelor Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam. I decided on doing my internship at the NOFA lab, because I’m interested in the workings of cannabis use disorder, especially the self-medicating behavior. I’ll be looking into this self-medicating behavior in relation to depression and anxiety starting September 2020.

Thomas van Genderen, Bachelor student

I am concluding my bachelor Psychobiology with an internship at the NOFA lab. I started my internship on the Joint Study at the NOFA lab in September 2020. My interest in neurodevelopmental disorders motivated me to study psychobiology and was the subject of my english bachelor project. Previous research has highlighted the need for data regarding the relation between ADHD and CUD, my aim is to further the understanding of this relation. During my internship I will study the relationship between ADHD symptoms and cannabis use. I am grateful and delighted to join the team.

Stefanie van den Brink, Bachelor student

I am currently in the fourth year of the bachelor Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam. I am doing an extra year in which I take classes as a trajectory towards the master Clinical Psychology. From September 2020 I will be an intern at the NOFA Lab. This study interests me because of the influence cannabis and addiction have on the brain. Since I am interested in mental health, I would like to learn more about the relationship between cannabis use disorder and anxiety. I am excited to gain more knowledge and experience during the internship.  

Lana Hagedoorn, Student assistent

Hello, my name is Lana and I have recently graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology. My current gap year allows me to gain experience as a researcher before I start with my Master’s degree. During my Bachelor internship, I looked into the Cannabinoid system on a molecular level. I am very happy to expand this knowledge in the Neuroscience of Addiction Lab. I won’t be writing a thesis but I will develop my practical skills. This is something that I was not able to do during my Bachelor internship due to the COVID-19 restrictions.