Sietse de Boer

Sietse de Boer studied Biology at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Psychophysiology & Pharmacology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Subsequently he pursued a postdoctoral study in behavioural neurophysiology with Rita Valentino and Gary Aston-Jones at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, USA. Since 1992 he holds a tenured staff position (currently at the associate professor level) at the Behavioral Neuroscience cluster of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

His main focus of research, which generally reflects a passion for understanding how the brain controls behaviour, is to unravel the neurocircuitry of specific brain areas and its molecular mechanisms of aggressive and defensive behaviours. Disruptions of these “fight & flight” neural circuits are known to underlie neuropsychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety and violence that take a tremendous toll on our societies.

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