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Dr. Patrick Wijchers & Dr. Maarten van Emst
Office Hours:
  • Tuesday, from 10.30-11.30
  • Wednesday, from 19.00-23.00
  • Friday, from 16.00-17.00
Office Hours:
      available by appointment         only
Track Representative:
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Sasha Swinfield

Hi, I’m Sasha, a third year student pursuing molecular biology, physiology and biomedical sciences. I believe that UCU is an academic playground with a wide range of opportunities; in my time here I have done a research internship and took off-campus courses, so I can help you tailor your curriculum to your own needs. Reach out to me if you would like to know how to structure your courses, survive your exams or to give feedback about the track!

Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr. Gabriël Beckers
Office Hours:
      available by appointment only
Track Representative:
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Hedwich van der Veen

Hi! My name is Hedwich van der Veen (she/her), I am in my second year at UCU and I am the track representative for Cognitive Neuroscience! Besides neuroscience, I am doing a Molecular Cell Biology track and I will hopefully minor in Linguistics and/or Psychology. These fields can all be connected in some way to cognitive neuroscience and this is exactly why I think Cognitive Neuroscience is such an interesting track to follow at UCU. If you have any questions about the track, how to plan your courses within the track or if you would like to give feedback, I will be happy to help you, so please feel free to reach out!

Medical Science

Dr. Joyce Browne PhD
Office Hours:
      available by appointment only
Track Representative:
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Lara Stegeman

Hi, nice to meet you! I’m Lara (she/her) and I’m excited to be your Track Representative for Medical Sciences ‘23-‘24. My favourite part about medical sciences is learning about the amazing intelligence of life on earth, from a single protein to a whole being. Due to the expansive character of medical science you need to understand & collaborate with the other sciences in order to succeed.

Because of this, the MED courses can feel intimidating or a long way off (since there is no MED level 1) but I’d like to encourage you to take up space in your MED (or lvl 1 prep) classes this year. The medical sciences belong to everyone and we (desperately!) need fresh perspectives.

If you do run into any issues or have suggestions, I am here to listen. Please feel welcome (!!!) to approach me on campus.


Dr. William Hale
Office Hours:
      available by appointment only
Track Representative:
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Luiza de Noronha Boiteux

Hello! I am Luiza (they/she) and I will be the track representative for Psychology this year!! I am a 20 year old Brazilian student in my third year, majoring in Art History and Psychology, with a minor in Neuroscience. As Psychology is a popular track at UCU, I am here to answer any questions, discuss your suggestions, and hear you out with anything else that might be of concern, so feel free to contact me when needed!

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