Maaike van Swieten

Maaike van Swieten

Research Student

Maaike received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where she worked as a research intern on the synthesis of a substrate for cholera toxin. In 2014, Maaike obtained her M.Sc. in Neuroscience and Cognition from the same university, having worked in Utrecht on the motivational properties of social play behaviour, and at the University of North Carolina, USA, on the role of the lateral hypothalamus in reward processing and feeding. After completing her M.Sc., Maaike worked at the University of Basel, Switzerland, on the functional properties of pallido-thalamic circuits. The University of Basel awarded Maaike a prestigious scholarship that promotes future female academic leaders. In 2016, Maaike joined the Unit as an MRC-funded D.Phil. student working under the supervision of Dr. Emilie Syed and Professor Peter Magill.

Maaike’s D.Phil. thesis research is focused on elucidating how phasic dopamine release impacts on striatal neurons. To achieve this, Maaike is using a combination of single-unit recordings in vivo, anatomical techniques for cell-type identification, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, optogenetic manipulations, behavioural analyses, and computational methods.

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