Dr. Jacqueline van der Meij

Dr. Jacqueline van der Meij

IMPRS Alumni
Radboud University Nijmegen


Since all animals spend a significant amount of time in a state of reduced consciousness (i.e. sleep), it is thought that sleep has an essential function. Although several hypotheses for the function of sleep have been proposed (e.g. memory consolidation), its exact purpose remains actively debated. During my PhD, I examined the function of sleep by using innovative electrophysiological techniques (e.g. high density array) to make acute and chronic, wireless recordings of brain activity, in both anesthetized and naturally sleeping birds. For my postdoc I will be shifting to rodents, where I will be using electrophysiological methods to study the role of sleep in memory consolidation, by looking into the hippocampal-PFC network while the rodents engage a new spatial navigation/memory task called the Hex Maze.


Since 2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Genzel Lab, Donders Centre for Neuroscience - Neuroinformatics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

2013 - 2019 PhD student, Avian Sleep Group, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology), Seewiesen, Germany (PhD degree from Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

2012 - 2013 MSc in Teaching Biology, Graduate School of Teaching, Leiden University, The Netherlands

2010 - 2012 MSc in Biology, Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

2007 - 2010 BSc in Biology: Leiden University, The Netherlands

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