Lab members

Marius Peelen (CV)

Principal investigator

Aaron Schnippe

MSc student

February 2023 - present

Charlotte de Blecourt

PhD student (co-supervised by Eric Maris)

October 2018 - present

Eelke Spaak

Assistant professor (affiliated)

August 2022 - present

Linlin Shang

PhD student

February 2020 - present

Lydia Moonen

MSc student

November 2023 - present

Maëlle Lerebourg

PhD student

October 2020 - present

September 2019 - August 2020 (MSc student)

Marco Gandolfo


March 2020 - present

Maria Emmeleia Charalampous


March 2024 - present

Natalia Rutkowska

visiting PhD student

February 2023 - present

Qiu Han

PhD student

September 2021 - present

Former lab members

Yuan-Fang Zhao


April 2019 - March 2023

Now postdoc at Johns Hopkins University

Simen Hagen


March 2020 - March 2023

Now postdoc at University of Lorraine

Lu-Chun Yeh


July 2022 - present

February 2021 - January 2022 (visiting PhD student)

Now postdoc at University of Giessen

Giacomo Aldegheri

PhD student

November 2017 - November 2022

Now postdoc at University of Giessen

Mariska Peeters

MSc student

October 2021 - October 2022 (MSc intern)

June 2021 - September 2021 (research assistant)

Now data scientist at Breinstein

Susan Ajith

MSc student

May 2022 - September 2022

Now PhD student at University of Giessen

Chuanji Gao


October 2020 - September 2022

Now assistant professor at Nanjing Normal University

Cara Struckmann

BSc student

October 2021 - July 2022

Now MSc student

Jochem Koopmans

MSc student

December 2020 - July 2022

Now research assistant at Radboud University

Macy Bouwhuizen

MSc student

March 2022 - June 2022

Sushrut Thorat

PhD student

October 2017 - December 2021

Now postdoc at University of Osnabrück

Surya Gayet


September 2017 - July 2021

Now assistant professor at Utrecht University

Genevieve Quek


March 2018 - June 2021

Now research fellow at MARCS (Sydney)

Martina Meneghello

MSc student

March 2021 - September 2021

Miles Wischnewski


February 2019 - August 2020

Now assistant professor at University of Groningen

Alexandra Theodorou

MSc student

September 2019 - August 2020

Now PhD student at UC Davis

Andrea Ghiani

MSc student

March 2020 - August 2020

Now PhD student at VU Amsterdam

Myrthel Dogge

Postdoc (NWO replication project)

May 2019 - March 2020

Now editor at Nature Communications

Suzanna Schouten

MSc student

January 2019 - June 2019

Manon Maarseveen

BSc student

February 2019 - June 2019

Now Business Intelligence developer at DHD

Marina Pico

BSc student

February 2019 - June 2019

Now MSc student at University of Amsterdam

Jorie van Haren

Guest researcher

September 2018 - January 2019

Now PhD student at the Maastricht University

Elisa Battistoni

MSc and PhD student

November 2015 - December 2018 (PhD student)

September 2014 - July 2015 (MSc student)

Now data scientist and consultant

Nicolò Trevisan

Post-MSc intern

February 2018 - July 2018

Now PhD student at University of Padova

Talia Brandman


April 2014 - June 2018

Now postdoc at Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Olga Leticevscaia

MSc student

October 2016 - October 2017

Now PhD student at University of Reading, UK

Daria Proklova

PhD student

November 2013 - March 2017

Now postdoc at University of Western Ontario, Canada

Ludwig Barbaro

PhD student (main advisor: Clayton Hickey)

November 2013 - February 2017

Now postdoc at Birmingham University, UK

Daniel Kaiser

PhD student and postdoc

January 2016 - December 2016 (postdoc)

November 2012 - December 2015 (PhD student)

Now professor at University of Gießen 

Timo Stein


November 2012 - September 2016 (postdoc)

May 2010 - September 2010 (visiting PhD student)

Now assistant professor at University of Amsterdam

Francesca Setti

MSc student

October 2015 - July 2016

Project: Objects in commonly experienced configurations are less distracting: evidence from MEG

Now PhD student at IMT, Lucca, Italy

Deema Awad

MSc student

October 2015 - July 2016

Project: Unconscious evaluation of faces on social dimensions

Now PhD student at Queen Mary University of London, UK

Javier Ortiz

Visiting PhD student

April 2016 - July 2016

Project: Influence of object-scene congruency on object detection, change detection, and object recognition

Now postdoc  at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

Andrea D'Agostino

MSc student

September 2014 - December 2015

Project: Contextual cuing in a 3D environment

Damiano Azzalini 

MSc student

September 2014 - July 2015

Project: MEG decoding of shape-independent object categorization

Now postdoc at CNRS, Paris, France

Elena Aggius-Vella

Research Assistant

May 2014 - April 2015

Now postdoc at IDC, Israel

Chiara Avancini

Post-MSc intern

February 2014 - December 2014

Project: MEG study investigating multimodal object recognition 

Now PhD student at University of Cambridge, UK

Harish Katti

Visiting postdoc

September 2014 - November 2014

Project: fMRI study and computational modeling of context priors in object detection

Now postdoc at NIMH, USA

Reshanne Reeder

PhD student

November 2011 - November 2014

Projects: fMRI, TMS, and behavioral studies of the search template for object detection in scenes

Now senior lecturer at University of Liverpool

Stefania Bracci

PhD student and postdoc

October 2011 - October 2013 (postdoc)

September 2010 - May 2011 (visiting PhD student)

Projects: fMRI studies on the representation of body parts (particularly hands) and objects we "act with" (e.g., tools)

Now assistant professor at University of Trento, Italy

Martina Stefani     

Post-MSc intern

May 2013 - October 2013

Project: Effects of spatial and category-based attention on natural scene categorization

Now PhD student at Cardiff University, UK

Jaap Munneke


September 2011 - May 2013

Projects: Influence of scene context on object recognition; EEG decoding of object categories in scenes

Now senior lecturer at Brunel University, UK

Francesca Perini 

PhD student (co-supervised by Jens Schwarzbach, Alfonso Caramazza)

February 2011 - November 2012

Project: TMS and fMRI studies investigating the neural mechanisms of tool perception

Now research fellow at Duke-NUS, Singapore

Joris Vangeneugden

Visiting postdoc (collaboration with Lorella Battelli)

May 2011 - September 2011

Project: TMS and fMRI studies on the role of EBA and pSTS in biological motion perception

Now medical doctor and consultant