I am a professor of Cognitive Science at UCR as well as a professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Nursing at the HZ University of Applied Sciences. After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, I continued to do a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at Utrecht University (Veterinary Science). In my research, I studied the effects of low birth weight and iron deficiency on the physical and mental development in young piglets. This was meant both as a model for humans and to gain more insight in pig behavior and welfare.
After finishing my Ph.D., I discovered that transferring my enthusiasm and knowledge about the amazingly interesting field of animal behavior, physiology and specifically neuroscience gave me great energy and satisfaction. UCR is a very inspiring place to do this, with highly motivated, enthusiastic young students that make teaching them very rewarding.