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Lina van Drunen

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Lina van Drunen

Lina van Drunen recently started her PhD project on ‘The relation between variations in social environment and structural brain development’ at the Brain and Development lab in Leiden (L-CID) supervised by Eveline Crone, Lara Wierenga and Saskia Euser. Since there are changes in brain development around early puberty, she examines how these variations are sensitive to puberty and sex.

During her bachelor Psychobiology, she developed an interest in research when contributing to an EEG project on social exclusion at the la Sapienza University in Rome. For the first time she felt the rush of science and an urge to develop herself as a researcher. The master Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiologyin Amsterdam helped her gain confidence in finding solutions to complicated research problems.

Lina’s final research master internship at the Brain and Development lab was a perfect preparation for her PhD. Supervised by Eveline Crone and Lara Wierenga, she examined self-concept in relation to social competence in the fMRI scanner. Specifically, how genetic and environmental factors influence the behaviour and brain areas involved in self-concept. The combination of working with twins and analysing fMRI/MRI data was a perfect match with her research interests.