MRI Research Amsterdam UMC

Daphne Naessens

Daphne Naessens is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Biomedical Engineering and Physics at the Amsterdam UMC. Daphne obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and Master’s degree in Neurobiology, with a focus on Psychopharmacology and Pathophysiology, both at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016, she started a PhD in the group of prof. Ed van Bavel and dr. Erik Bakker on the topic of cerebrospinal and interstitial fluid flow in the rodent brain, and the detrimental impact of hypertension on these processes. Following the completion of her PhD, Daphne joined the Preclinical and Translational MRI group of prof. Gustav Strijkers, working as a postdoctoral researcher within the EndoCARE consortium. In this project, Daphne developed and validated a new protocol for awake functional MRI in rats. Moreover, she utilized this protocol to evaluate the efficacy of a newly developed drug aimed at treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2023, Daphne was awarded with the ‘Early Career Grant’ from Alzheimer Nederland. With this grant, she aims to investigate the role of sleep and wakefulness in brain clearance mechanisms using preclinical MRI.


Preclinical MRI