MSc. Anouk W. van Beurden


My main interests are about how to investigate the network dynamics of the circadian clock, which is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain. Most research about the circadian clock has only been performed in nocturnal species, whereas there is evidence that the circadian clock in diurnal species has fundamental differences. Because the amount of available data on the microscopic brain level for both nocturnal and diurnal species is sparse I’m going to use computational modelling techniques to mimic the network dynamics of the clock. I will identify similarities and differences in the networks of nocturnal and diurnal animals to develop novel strategies to manipulate and restore clock function in diurnal species.


Curriculum vitae:

I studied ‘Human Movement Sciences’ at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. After I finished my bachelor in 2017, I decided I wanted to do something more technical and I started with the master ‘Biomedical Engineering’ at the Delft University of Technology. I did my master thesis in collaboration with the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Migraine group. There I looked into the phase-amplitude coupling of the brain in mice with epilepsy. After my graduation in 2019, I started in March 2020 as PhD by Prof. dr. Joke Meijer.


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