Marleen graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology in 2016, followed by a M.Sc. in Psychology in 2018, at the University of Vienna, Austria. During her M.Sc. degree, Marleen worked for two years as a research assistant at the Medical University of Vienna. Marleen's tasks included neuropsychological testing of people affected by Alzheimer’s, which inspired her to work with patients in her future research. At the same time, Marleen worked as a student assistant at the University of Vienna, where she gained further experience in teaching and research.
Marleen joined the Stagg Group as a D.Phil. student in October 2018. Working under the supervision of Prof Charlotte Stagg and Dr Catharina Zich, Marleen’s D.Phil research is focused on bimanual motor learning. To address this, Marleen is collecting neurophysiological and neuroimaging data using methods such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), as well as non-invasive brain stimulation. Marleen is particularly interested in the underlying mechanisms of bimanual motor learning, namely neuronal plasticity and its potential implications in both health and disease.