Meet the Scientifix Team!
Laurens Van Calster
Laurens is the co-founder of ScientiFix, head of the NeuroPscience Research Department, and a final year PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Liege, Belgium. Born in Leuven, Belgium, Laurens graduated from his Master’s degree in psychological sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve. Funded by Collaborative Research Activities, Laurens’ research investigates the neuropsychological and neural network characterization of spontaneous cognition in normal waking conditions using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). Laurens’ research interest include neuroimaging, public health, artificial intelligence, and numerical cognition. Laurens also plays guitar, loves technology, games, and is a re-enactor of the second world war.
Michael is the co-founder of ScientiFix, a member of the NeuroPscience Research Department, and a final year PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. From Montreal, Canada, Michael moved to the UK after completing his undergraduate degree in psychology at Concordia University. Michael’s research investigates facial emotion recognition in both healthy and symptomatic adults. During his PhD, he has also helped develop and test the emotion recognition training task, a novel cognitive bias modification (CBM) technique that can be used with individuals suffering from a range of symptoms or illnesses. Michael’s research interests include neuroimaging, public health research, and the development of digital interventions to improve mood and behaviour. Michael is also a black belt in Taekwondo, loves (ice!) hockey, and is an avid gamer (when he finds the time!).
Jennifer is a second year PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. Jennifer is from New York where she attended Fordham University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she worked as a clinical research coordinator for patients with late-life depression, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital. In September 2014, she moved to the UK to pursue a PhD in psychology and nutrition. Her work focuses on perceptions of hunger and thirst, beverage choice, and beverage intake and how these factors may influence unhealthy eating behaviours and weight gain. In addition to working towards a PhD, she helps run educational workshops for primary and secondary school children and is a fieldworker for a British longitudinal birth cohort study. Jennifer’s hobbies include: pilates, yoga, dancing, cooking, baking, and gardening.