In 1994, I started my studies in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. After finishing the first year, I switched to Psychology. In 2001, I successfully completed my degree, specialising in Neuropsychology, with a thesis and fMRI study investigating cognitive functioning of the hippocampus. After working as a research assistant structural neuroimaging at the Department of Psychiatry of the UMC Utrecht for 17 months, I started as project co-ordinator for a non-governmental organisation in the field of developmental and international co-operation in January 2003.
In May 2005 I returned to neuroscience and began my PhD project at NICHE, the neuroimaging lab at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UMC Utrecht. From August 2008 until February 2009, I worked as a research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College, London. In September 2009 I finished my PhD project and became a post-doctoral researcher. In May 2010 I was appointed as assistant professor at NICHE and adjunct head of the lab.
In September 2012 I made the decision to leave NICHE, and to pursue a new career. Currently I am a policy advisor on biomedical education at the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht.
My projects at NICHE combined several imaging techniques (including structural MRI and DTI) with behavioral assessments (clinical interviews and neurocognitive tasks) to investigate neurobiological correlates in the etiology of autism. My projects aimed to assess the development of autism over time by including longitudinal assessments. Most of my studies had a special focus on the involvement of fronto-striatal circuitry in the repetitive and stereotyped behaviour, one of the core symptoms of autism.
For more information on my previous research projects and a list of publications: go to my webpage at the UMC Utrecht neuroimaging website: Marieke Langen.