BSc and MSc Biomedical Engineering, 2003-2009
PhD in MRI of learning problems in children with epilepsy, 2009-2013
René Besseling studied Biomedical Engineering at TU/e (2003-2009) and did his PhD in the Radiology department of Maastricht UMC in cooperation with Kempenhaeghe. He studied brain network abnormalities underlying language impairments in children with rolandic epilepsy. During his PhD he became interested in teaching and was a lecturer of medical imaging at the department of Biomedical Engineering for 2 years. He now is the technical coordinator of the Neu3CA program.
René is especially interested in multi-scale brain network analysis. That means that neuroimaging (e.g. functional MRI) only gives us global information on whole-brain networks (i.e. indirect measurements of very large populations of neurons). On the other hand, single-slice recordings or computer models of neural micro-circuits show all kinds of interesting emerging properties, but are insufficient to explain the full complexity of the brain. René is very interested in bridging this gap.