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Joost Wiskerke

Principal Research Engineer

Manager of the technical platform for optogenetics and optical imaging. I am available to all research groups for consultation, training and hands-on assistance with experiments involving techniques such as optogenetics and fiber photometry.


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About me

I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience from the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Before coming to Linköping, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and Rutgers University in the USA. My previous research has given me expertise in brain mechanisms of reward, and in cognitive functions such as response inhibition and decision-making.

My future goal is to develop myself as an independent scientist with a research program studying how the brain orchestrates higher-order behaviors and cognition. I am particularly interested in how these processes get disturbed when people suffer from mental disorders or neurological diseases.

When not at work, I like to spend time in the outdoors (running, hiking, biking and kayaking), do yoga/go to the gym, or hang out with my family and friends for a movie or a board game.


  • 2007–2013 Ph.D. in Neuroscience, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Ph.D. advisors: Prof. Anton N.M. Schoffelmeer & Dr. Tommy Pattij
  • 2004–2007 M.Sc. in Neuroscience, with Exchange Program, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (This is an internationally oriented honors program for the top 5–10% students of the Master Neurosciences program). Major: Neurogenomics
  • 2001–2004 B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands