lab Members

Annette Schenck
Full Professor

Strives to do cool science relevant to patients with Neurodevelopmental disorders.

Loves flies, her group, and her family 

Spencer Jones

Modelling regression in Kleefstra Syndrome


Enjoys travelling, visiting art museums, and making music with his band ‘remember whales’ 

Mireia Coll Tané

Sleep in Drosophila models of chromatinopathies

Loves to travel around the world, her dog Willow, and handcrafting. 

Laura Blok
PhD candidate

Drosophila and human habituation in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Enjoys hiking and camping, and believes you can never have enough plants. 

Lara van Renssen
PhD candidate

Sleep of people and flies with neurodevelopmental syndromes

Also passionate about rowing and visiting the zoo. 

Jingyi (Adela) Long

PhD candidate

Epilepsy and sleep

Likes to share delicious snacks and help "gaining weight". On weekends, she explores the Netherlands! 

Marina Boon
PhD candidate

Adult phenotypic reversibility of learning deficits in ID/ASD models

Loves her cat Semi, lives in a plant jungle, and enjoys eating her way through different cultures. 

Boyd van Reijmersdal
PhD candidate

Identifying common therapies for groups of rare neurodevelopmental disorders

Likes to ride bikes and discover good music. 

Jie (Stella) Han
PhD candidate

Franziska Kampshoff

Likes to go for a swim, and has a healthy passion for baking 

Barbara Hulsen
Student Assistant 

Melanie de Wit
Student Assistant

Loves reading, good food, doing cool science, and cuddling with cats.

Owns a lot of plants.

Adam Lo-fo-wong

Variabilty of the habituation phenotype and mate-copying in fruitflies.

When my cat Yonah meows I meow back.  Also likes to play guitar and games!

Beheshta Popal

Master’s student Biomedical Sciences. Loves afghan food, netflix and f.r.i.e.n.d.s. :)

Merli Kreshpani

Sleep disturbances in ASH1L/ash1 syndrome 

Cooking is my happy place.

I provide the world with cat cuddles and chaotic energy 

Matthijs Klunder

Drosophila habituation improvement by genetic rescue of ID/ASD orthologs.


Loves cycling as fast as possible, coffee and science fiction.

Hester Vogelaar

Likes to read, bake cookies and sleep, loves her cat Wollo.

Zubi Aimee Govers

Master's student Medical Human Biology. 

Loves spending time with friends (especially cooking diner), watching Netflix and traveling during the holidays. 

Niek Sluiters (on picture)
Lab support

Lab support

Sarah Stephenson

Affiliated researcher

Team leader Neurogenetics

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Melbourne, Australia


I basically do everything. Without me, everybody above me is completely lost. 

The fly food is yummie though, so not complaining.


They see me crawling, they hatin' 

Our Alumni

Post-docs and other researchers: 

Prof. Paul Lasko (Radboud Excellence professorship)

Kevin Lüthy (Post-doc)

Michaela Fenckova (Post-doc)

Monique van der Voet (Post-doc)

Prof. Christiane Zweier (Guest researcher)

Jamie Kramer (Post-Doc)

Eiko de Jong (Post-Doc)

PhD students: 

Euginia Singgih

Ilse Eidhof

Sarah Foriel

Benjamin Harich

Human Riahi Asl

Benjamin Harich

Tom Koemans

Anna Castells-Nobau

Bonnie Nijhof

Korinna Kochinke

Merel Oortveld

Technicians and lab support:

Chiara Pignato (Student Assistant)

Caroline Vogels (Technician)

Irene Janssen (Technician)

Jolanda de Gooyert (Technician)

Marije Asbreuk (Student Assistant)

Nikky Kaptein (labsupport via Pluryn)

Carswell Werleman (labsupport via Pluryn)

Tom van de Broek (labsupport via Pluryn)


Internship students: 

Melanie de Wit

Eveline Francis

Isabel Quak

Renée Schepers

Kai Prins

Sanne Papeleu

Ana Serna

Chiara Pignato

Laura Winkler

Jonathan Feenstra

Lara Gerding

Kira Hoeffer

Jessica Luyckx

Janne Knuiman 

Ella Najlah

Izel Erdogan

Christos Sougklakos

Ella Najlah

Emma Brinkmann

Alina Krebbers

Cas Boshoven

Isabel Terwindt

Lisa van Ninhuys

Lise Verkooijen

Lisa van Ninhuys

Sheren Christine

Lejla Koco

Rik Scharn