Jackson Boonstra

Postdoctoral Researcher

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    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
    Department of Complex Trait Genetics
    W&N building, Room B-602
    De Boelelaan 1085
    1081 HV Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

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Short CV

2023 – present Postdoctoral researcher Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2019 – 2023 PhD in Translational Neuroscience Universiteit Maastricht
2016 – 2018 M.Sc. Brain and Cognitive Sciences Universiteit van Amsterdam
2012 – 2016 B.Sc. Psychological Science (Cum Laude) Fitchburg State University, United States of America


My research aims to understand the principles of human brain connectivity, the role connectomics has in brain function and dysfunction, and the associated genetic components in various disorders and mental conditions. Using a multidisciplinary approach, I work to develop graph theory analysis methods and study brain development and evolutionary adaptations on cellular and macroscale levels.

Highlighted publications

Boonstra JT, Michielse S, Temel Y, Hoogland G, Jahanshahi A. Neuroimaging detectable differences between Parkinson’s disease motor subtypes: a systematic review. Movement disorders clinical practice 8 (2), 175-192, 2021.

Boonstra JT, Michielse S, Roebroeck A, Temel Y, Jahanshahi A. Dedicated container for postmortem human brain ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging. Neuroimage 235, 118010, 2021.

Boonstra JT, McGurran H, Temel Y, Jahanshahi A. Nigral neuropathology of Parkinson’s motor subtypes coincide with circuitopathies: a scoping review. Brain Structure and Function 227 (7), 2231-2242, 2022.

Roet M, Boonstra J, Sahin E, Mulders AEP, Leentjens AFG, Jahanshahi A. Deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: Towards a more personalized treatment approach. Journal of Clinical Medicine 9 (9), 2729, 2020.

Liu H, Temel Y, Boonstra J, Hescham S. The effect of fornix deep brain stimulation in brain diseases. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 77, 3279-3291, 2020.

Son G, Jahanshahi A, Yoo SJ, Boonstra JT, Hopkins DA, Steinbusch HWM, Moon C. Olfactory neuropathology in Alzheimer’s disease: A sign of ongoing neurodegeneration. BMB reports 54 (6), 295, 2021.

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