Lina van Drunen
Lina’s PhD project in developmental neuroscience is on individual differences in environmental and genetic effects on structural brain development at the SYNClab and Brain and Development research Center. Since there are changes in brain development around early puberty, she wants to find out how these variations are sensitive to puberty and sex. Furthermore, Lina aims to unravel individual differences in sensitive periods of brain development. Sensitive periods reflect ages in which the developing individual is more susceptible to environmental effects, for example musical experiences. To do so, she will work on a large twin sample aged 7-13 years old, including 3 longitudinal measures. The project is supervised by Prof. Eveline Crone and Dr. Lara Wierenga. Her most recent work is devoted to the nature of the self, in which she investigated neural correlates and heritability estimates of self-evaluations in middle childhood. Lina feels the rush of science and an urge to develop herself as a developmental neuroscientist.