Merel de Klerk
Merel has a background in Psychobiology, and is particularly interested in the neurobiology of development. She is currently in her first year of the research master Brain & Cognitive Sciences (track Cognitive Neurosciences) at the University of Amsterdam. During her bachelor thesis, she investigated the effects of alcohol addiction on different age groups in rats at the Department of Animals in Science and Society of Utrecht University. However, she realized the human brain was of greater interest to her.
Merel is working at the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID) study as an intern. Here, she will investigate the link between intraindividual sleep variability and structural brain connectivity using Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) in early and middle childhood, under supervision of Lara Wierenga.