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Research interests

  • Biological clocks and circadian rhythms
  • The evolution and ecology of sleep
  • The regulation and function of sleep
  • The role of sleep in neuronal plasticity and memory processes
  • The neurobiological consequences of disrupted and restricted sleep
  • Effects of sleep loss on stress systems and stress sensitivity
  • Effects of stress on sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Individual differences and gender differences in stress and sleep
  • The relationship between sleep disturbance and depression
  • Psychiatric disorders: causes, mechanisms, and therapies


Bachelor education

  • Psychobiology (coordinator)
  • Chronobiology
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience minor
  • Bachelor research
  • Supervision of bachelor essays

Master education

  • Chronobiology: Timing of Behaviour (coordinator)
  • Supervision research projects, essays and colloquia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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