Carolin Hoffmann is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Division Neuroscience at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. She is working on the role of autoantibodies in  neuropsychiatric disorders under the supervision of Dr. Pilar Martinez. Carolin has international background in the field of Neuroscience with a special interest in Neuropsychoimmunology. Carolin received her Bachelor degree in Biomedicine at Maastricht University in 2011 and subsequently performed her Master degree education in Biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) where she graduated in 2013. In May 2014 she received the NWO PhD fellowship (from the Graduate School of Translational Neuroscience) to study the role of autoantibodies in sera of patients with severe mental illness.

She has received a Kootstra fellowship to work in autoimmunity in psychotic disorders. Carolin’s current position is at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal.


Shenghua Zong is a Postodctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology Division Neuroscience at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. He studied clinical medicine for seven years including 3 years training at the first affiliated hospital of Zhengzhou University, China and got his master degree in 2013. After that, he worked one year as a neurosurgery resident in Benq hospital, an Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China. He came to the Netherlands in November of 2014 and in 2015 he got a 3-year fellowship from China Scholarship Council for his PhD research in Maastricht. Currently, his project focuses on the relationship between autoantibodies and psychiatric disorders, mainly depression and anxiety. He received a Kootstra fellowship in December 2019 to study autoantibodies against glutamate receptors.