Our Fellows

Various scientific disciplines coming together

Participating students in our society are simply called fellows. A small fraction of our fellows are presented below to give you an idea of the people behind Lobos – people that mainly have one key thing in common: a great interest in doing and talking about research! Join our society to meet the rest of the enthusiastic graduate students involved from various scientific disciplines!

  • Mathijs Janssen

    Mathijs Janssen

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Theoretical Physics

    PhD:

    Theoretical Physics

    Field of interest:

    I am a PhD-student at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (UU), specializing in Soft Condensed Matter theory. My research concerns the topic of "Blue Energy", energy harvested from the mixing of sea and river water. Due to the vast amount of water on earth this may provide a sustainable alternative to conventional energy sources. I work on the optimization of so-called capacitive mixing, where a blue engine consists of two porous electrodes which are cyclically (dis)charged, while immersed in water of varying salinity.

  • Mona Timmermeister

    Mona Timmermeister

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Culture (Minors in American Studies and Spanish) at University of Groningen

    Research Master:

    Linguistics

    PhD:

    Linguistics

    Field of interest:

    I am mainly interested in topics related to multilingualism, the acquisition of second/foreign languages and the language development in both children and adult language learners. For my PhD project I investigate the effects of bilingualism on the cognitive development of Turkish-Dutch and Moroccan-Dutch bilingual children.

  • Niek Strohmaier

    Niek Strohmaier

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Social and Health Psychology, Cum Laude

    Field of interest:

    My current research interest involves irrational decision-making. Think for example of restrained eaters who, despite knowing it violates their dieting goals, still choose to eat a large bowl of ice-cream instead of an apple when experiencing negative emotions, ultimately resulting in feelings of guilt or remorse. In my research, I investigate this issue on a fundamental level by looking at how action-effect associations influence response selection.

  • Maurits Masselink

    Maurits Masselink

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Social & Health Psychology

    Field of interest:

    I am interested in the topic of how body satisfaction among girls and young women is determined and influenced, thereby explicitly focusing on the role of the perceived norm of beauty. Research shows that more than half of the women are dissatisfied with their own body. Since body dissatisfaction can lead to numerous negative outcomes such as developing an eating disorder, it is important to understand the underlying processes influencing body satisfaction. Ample research effort has been put into the topic, however, results so far show contradicting results. In my research I will attempt to reconcile these different findings.

  • Danielle McCool

    Danielle McCool

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Texas Woman's University

    Research Master:

    Methodology & Statistics

    Field of interest:

    My thesis and internship are over fixed-person perspective factor analysis (Item Response Theory and Classical Test Theory), but I also have an interest in Bayesian methods and simulation study design.

  • Arjen Gerritsen

    Arjen Gerritsen

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Minor in Philosophy at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Legal Research: Philosophy of Law and Constitutional Law

    Field of interest:

    I focus on state power: what it is based upon, how it can be justified and how it can be controlled. I am especially interested in the law as a steering mechanism, when it comes to the behaviour of governments. Keywords are rechtstaat, rule of law, seperation of powers, constitutionalism.

  • Joost Haarsma

    Joost Haarsma

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Psychology (with a focus on Cognitive Neuroscience). Participated in both the freshmen Honours program and the Von Humboldt Honours program at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Neuroscience & Cognition

    Field of interest:

    I’m interested in wide variety of topics including: Drug research (with an emphasis on psychedelics), synaesthesia, cross-modal integration and the neurobiological underpinnings of consciousness. During my first 9-month internship, I will be measuring striatal metabolites using magnetic-resonance spectroscopy on a 7-tesla scanner. Next we will investigate whether these metabolites are related to response selection measures and effective basal ganglic connectivity. I’m also participating in the NWO graduate program, giving me the opportunity to write my own PhD proposal, which might be funded in the end.

  • Sabine Waasdorp

    Sabine Waasdorp

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Arts in Dutch literature in Culture at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Dutch Literature

    Field of interest:

    Early modern Dutch literature (1500-1800). I don't have one field of interest in my discipline yet, but I’m currently focusing on topics like gender, sexuality, race, minorities, political issues, identity, cultural memory and the study of cultural history in general through texts.'

  • David Schmidt

    David Schmidt

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, with a major in Molecular Medicine and Honours Programme in International Health at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Medicine and Clinical Research

    Field of interest:

    My scientific interest is in translational medicine (bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench research). Specifically, I am trying to elucidate pathophysiologic mechanisms of vascular disease and the hemostatic system, with the goal to provide new evidence for drug development, personalized clinical care, and the introduction of novel diagnostic tests. Ultimately, these advancements could become available for daily practice of clinical medicine in fields like anesthesiology, cardiology or hematology.

  • Jolien Cremers

    Jolien Cremers

    Past education:

    Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Roosevelt

    Research Master:

    Methodology & Statistics of the Behavioral Sciences

    Field of interest:

    My internship and thesis are on Bayesian estimation for circular data in longitudinal designs. Apart from quantitative statistics I have an affinity with the field of qualitative methods in general as well as with anything related to political science (international relations, political anthropology).

  • Pascal Pas

    Pascal Pas

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science (minor in Social Neuroscience) and Cum Laude Master of Science in Psychology at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Social and Health Psychology, cum laude

    Field of interest:

    I focus on the underlying mechanisms of motivated action by investigating the link between dopaminergic functioning, individual differences in reward sensitivity and subliminal priming effects. The human reward system is fundamental to our surviving, and variability in this system can have serious consequences on our overall functioning. Both from a psychopathological perspective (in dealing with disorders such as schizophrenia or Parkinson's disease) as from the broader view of consumer psychology it is vital to understand the exact underlying mechanisms and how their functioning can be affected.

  • Guillermo del Castillo

    Guillermo del Castillo

    Past education:

    Mechanical engineeringat the University of Chile and Postgraduate in Business Management at University of Chile

    Research Master:

    Science and Innovation Management

    Field of interest:

    Although I have not chosen a research topic yet, I am interested on the measurement and analysis of countries' scientific output, such as publications or patents. By studying the dynamics of these, researchers are able to obtain patterns and provide answers to the unequal development of certain scientific fields, the impact of national policies, scientific integration or even identify social network of scientists. Furthermore, governments and institutions can reflect on the effectiveness of national and internal policies respectively.

  • Teresa Haider

    Teresa Haider

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology with a minor in Law at University of Vienna

    Research Master:

    Neuroscience & Cognition, Track Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience

    Field of interest:

    I am interested in the physiological basis of neuronal communication and its molecular changes that underlie learning and memory. During my first research internship in Utrecht, I will focus on mechanisms influencing the brain's reward systems and its contribution to disorders like drug addiction.

  • Evelyn Wan

    Evelyn Wan

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government & Laws) and a Master of Arts in Comparative Women's Studies at University of Hong Kong & Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Media & Performance Studies

    Field of interest:

    I have broad interests in cultural theory and especially when it intersects with queer theory, postcolonialism and critical race studies. In my own field, I research into performances that take place in unconventional spaces outside the theatre, such as site-specific works and mobile performances. This informs my own work as a performance artist and I love creating pieces based on feminist themes, playing with architectural structures and experimenting with improvisation.

  • George Skantzaris

    George Skantzaris

    Past education:

    Physics at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Research Master:

    Theoretical Physics

    Field of interest:

    I am an M.Sc. theoretical physicist from UU, specialised in condensed matter physics. I have recently steered my attention and research interests towards quantum computing and quantum information, thanks to my thesis project. I have conducted research on Kitaev's model, a theoretical proposal which led to an experiment in Delft on 2012, about Majorana fermions. Those entities live on 1D p-wave superconducting nano-wires and promise to implement fault-tolerant topological quantum computer.

  • Kinaya Pijl

    Kinaya Pijl

    Past education:

    Bachelor of laws, with a focus on Criminal law and Mediation at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Social and Health Psychology, Cum Laude

    Field of interest:

    My research interest involve human rights, international relations, international criminal law and the United Nations. I am highly interested in the increasing role of private actors on the stage of international law and politics and the legal consequences of this development. I currently study corporate criminal liability for human right abuses. There is growing evidence that business activities can have a detrimental impact on human rights. I try to find effective remedies to hold accountable those whose economic transactions contribute to these violations. Examples of my past research are ‘anti-terrorism legislation and the principle of legal certainty’ as well as ‘ICANN and deliberative democracy’.

  • Kees Mulder

    Kees Mulder

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Methods and Statistics at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Methodology and Statistics of the Social and Behavioural Science

    Field of interest:

    I focus on the practice of research, specifically on how it can be performed in such a way that the results will be both generalizable and valid. I am interested in the general process of communication in science and how peer reviewers, editors and scientists can work together to promote good practice in fields where methodological and statistical issues in published studies are common.

  • Kirsten Schutter

    Kirsten Schutter

    Past education:

    Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Social Studies at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Methodology and Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Field of interest:

    I am basically interested in everything that has to do with Methods and Statistics in social scientific research. So far, I think structural equation modeling is the most fun.

  • Jo-Anne Nijland

    Jo-Anne Nijland

    Past education:

    Bachelor of laws, with a focus on Criminology and Criminal Law at Utrecht University

    Research Master:

    Methodology and Statistics of the Social and Behavioural Science

    Field of interest:

    My field of research concerns criminal law and criminology, whereby I focus more specifically on criminalization trends in immigration policy on the legal and social level. Since the 1990s public concerns over immigration flows have risen and supported governments to adopt new legislation to control immigration via the criminal justice system. Anglo-Saxon scholars have framed these developments into a new analytical concept called crimmigration. Crimmigration processes remain relatively understudied in Europe, partly because a clear conceptualization of crimmigration as an academic concept is still missing. With my research projects, I aim at analyzing the changing trends in immigration control in Europe and simultaneously stimulate theoretical development of crimmigration as an academic notion.