Elleke Tissink

PhD student
Team Member

Short CV

February 2019 - present
PhD student | CNCR Amsterdam, The Netherlands

MSc Neuroscience & Cognition | Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Literature thesis | Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden - Mechanisms of the steroidogenic pathway relevant for autism spectrum disorder
Minor research project | Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany - The epigenetic effect of childhood adversity and genotype in psychiatry
Major research project | University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands - Grey matter abnormalities associated with hallucinations

BSc Cognitive & Neurobiological Psychology | Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Research project | Utrecht University, The Netherlands - The effect of reward and personality on fear conditioning
Genetics Summerschool 2015 | Istanbul Aydin University, Turkey


During my studies I got fascinated by the complex effect of our genome and our environment on the human brain. Several genetic and environmental factors, in independence or in interaction, can increase the risk of developing psychiatric disorders. Some psychiatric symptoms are also associated with structural and functional aberrations of the connections in the brain, the so-called connectome. During my PhD I will integrate genetic and environmental data to study the human connectome and its relation to psychiatric disorders.

Contact info


VU University
Department of Complex Trait Genetics
De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Science building room B-628