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Biology of mental illness (Kushner lab)

Kushner lab

Description research

The underlying neurobiology of psychiatric disorders remains largely enigmatic, owing to a combination of the complexity of the central nervous system as well as technical limitations in studying the brain.
However, emerging scientific advances in neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and cell biology have created unique opportunities for understanding normal brain function and the psychopathological consequences of its dysfunction.

Our approach has been to establish a research program where clinicians and clinical researchers are working side-by-side with neuroscientists, geneticists, and epidemiologists to study neuropsychiatric illnesses and neurobiological circuit mechanisms from their cellular and genetic basis to social and cognitive function.


Our team


  • Prof. S.A. Kushner, MD PhD
  • J.H.M. Tulen, PhD
  • F.M. de Vrij, PhD

  • J. Aleknaviciute, PhD
  • A.C.M. van Esbroeck, PhD
  • S. Hijazi, PhD
PhD Students

  • B. Lendemeijer, MSc
  • M. Pascual Garcia, MSc
  • H. Smeenk, MSc
  • M.W. de Vries, MSc
  • A. Asghari Shirehjini, MSc
  • I.M. Silva Marcelo, MSc
  • J. Castricum, MSc
  • M.A.W. Unkel, MSc

  • M.A. Caspers
  • M. van der Kroeg, B.Eng
  • A.M. Meesters, B.Eng
  • D.E. Slump, B.Eng
  • S. Bansal, MSc

Lunch meeting Psychiatry
Monday, May 23, 2022
at 12 h

At location!

Department of Psychiatry
Colloquiumroom 1 (CQ1), DP-building

SeminarsQuote Open Access Publishing – Why and how?

Presenter: Maarten Engel


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