Marieke Langen (1976) studied Psychology (specialisation: Neuropsychology) at Utrecht University. After working for some years as a project co-ordinator for a non-governmental organisation in the field of international co-operation, Marieke returned to neuroscience and started a PhD project at the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (UMC Utrecht) in 2005. Her project combined several imaging techniques (including structural MRI and DTI) with behavioral assessments (clinical interviews and neurocognitive tasks) to investigate neurobiological correlates in the etiology of autism. From 2008 until 2009, she worked as a research associate at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College, London. In 2009 she finished her PhD project and started working as a post-doctoral researcher.
In 2010 Marieke was appointed assistant professor and adjunct head of the lab.
In addition to her research activities, Marieke was involved in the organizational structure and management of the lab and department and had responsibilities in the department's educational programme. She was a member of the education steering group and was responsible for the development, coordination and execution of various courses.
These activities made her decide to switch careers: in September 2012 Marieke started at the Julius Center as policy advisor with a special focus on biomedical education.