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Roshan Cools, Ph.D.

Radboud University Medical Center


Roshan Cools is Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the Radboud University Medical Center. She is an expert in the chemical neuromodulation of human cognition and motivation. She combines psychopharmacology, fMRI, chemical PET imaging, cognitive computational modeling, neurostimulation and patient work to unravel how the adaptive control of behaviour is modulated by major ascending neuromodulators, like dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline. She completed her undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1998. She then moved to Trevor Robbins’ lab at the University of Cambridge, UK, for an MPhil degree (1999), a Ph.D. degree (2002), in cognitive neuroscience, a St John’s College Junior Research Fellowship (2002-2006) and a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship (2002 – 2006).

She spent two post-doc years at UC Berkeley working with Mark D’Esposito from 2003, before moving back to Cambridge in 2005, where she obtained a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2006 -2007). In November 2007 she returned to The Netherlands, where she steers an active research team, supported by several personal and team-based grants, including a Vici grant from NWO and a Horizon Europe ERC Advanced grant. She is also a lead scientist of the Human Brain Project, and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Academia Europea. She also serves as a member of the (Dutch Government) Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI, since 2014).

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