Meet the 12 Finalists of FameLab 2016! Their presentations during the Masterclass held at KNAW are available on vimeo

FameLab Finalists 2016

Bert Vercnocke

Father of two, husband of one, Bert is passionate about science, teaching, percussion and building bridges across disciplines. For instance, through a science-meets-society platform he co-organises. Bert obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics at KU Leuven and held postdoc positions at CEA Saclay, Stanford University and currently at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Physics. Bert’s research focuses on black holes and cosmology in the context of string theory.

Carlo van Overbeek

Born, brought up and studied in Utrecht. Carlo both did a bachelor and master at Utrecht University. First in chemistry, later in Nanomaterials: Chemistry & Physics. Additionally, Carlo paused his studies for a year to become the chairman of the study association for chemistry students in Utrecht (U.S.S. Proton). Currently, Carlo is working as a PhD student at the Condensed Matter & Interfaces group, again at the Utrecht University.

Julia Boonzaaier

Julia is a PhD researcher at the UMC Utrecht investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on stroke recovery in animal models. She hopes that the findings from this project can improve the recovery of stroke patients. Julia previously studied at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa, where she originates from).

Jurn Heinen

After his graduation in chemistry (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, Jurn started his PhD at the Computational Chemistry group at the same university. His research is focused on adsorption phenomena in nanoporous materials using molecular simulations. Last year, Jurn spent two months in the experimental Nanomaterials & Adsorption Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lieneke Janssen

Lieneke is a PhD candidate at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen (Radboud University) studying the balance between our autopilot and deliberate behaviour. Why does one person finish a bar of chocolate without realising... Whereas someone else has no trouble resisting the temptation? And how does someone get rid of bad eating habits? She addresses these questions by measuring people’s brain activity, for example when tempted by delicious goods. 

Ludo Cornelissen

Ludo received his BSc and MSc in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology. During his studies he became fascinated by the extremely small; those things that cannot be seen even with the best microscopes. This made him decide to specialize in nanoscience at the University of Groningen. He studies the generation and transport of spin waves in magnetic nanodevices. He also enjoys sports, reading and spending time with his girlfriend and newborn son

Nan van Geloven

Assistant professor at the LUMC where she is active in teaching, statistical consultation and research. Previously, Nan obtained a cum laude master in Probability, Risk and Statistics at the Delft University of Technology. Her aim is to advance the medical field with state-of-the-art statistical methodology.

Nicole Mascarenhas

Nicole is from Swedish/ Brazilian /Italian origins while currently studying in The Netherlands. She studies both Artificial Intelligence as well as Industrial Design. Nicole wants to show the public -young and old- that science is not just contained within a sterile academic bubble. Rather, science is a life enriching experience for anyone with an open mind.

Tim Hofmeester

Tim completed his Master degree (cum laude) in Ecology at Wageningen University, after which he started a PhD in disease ecology at the same university. His research focusses on the ecology of tick-borne pathogens such as Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. He is a real mammal fanatic, studying mammals (especially rodents and small carnivores) and their parasites both for his research and in his spare time. 

Timothy Sondej

Research master student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Groningen. Originally of American-German origin, Timothy hopes to be able to conduct research all over the globe. Previously, he studied a bachelor in psychology and a bachelor in the Philosophy of Cognitive sciences.