Marina Mané is a Kootstra Talent Fellowship Post-doc at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. Marina started her career in research during the bachelor internship in Neuromuscular diseases group in Sant Pau Biomedical research Institute. In 2012 she received her Bachelor degree in Biotechnology at Rovira I Virgili University (Spain) and subsequently performed her Master degree education in Neuroscience at University of Barcelona (Spain) where she graduated in 2013. She worked as a research assistant in Immune receptors of the innate and adaptive system in Institut d’Invertigacions Biomedediques Agust Pi I Sunyer (IDIBAPS). In December 2014 she started her PhD fellowship from the Nederlandse organisatie voor gezondheidsonderzoek en zorginnovatie (ZonMw). During her PhD she studied the prevalence and mechanisms of action of autoantibodies from patients with psychotic disorders and she has been also involved in the study of pathogenicity and drug mechanisms in other antibody mediated neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis. Currently, Marina is working to develop novel preclinical models and to investigate the different effector functions of pathogenic autoantibodies and novel therapeutic strategies using in vitro and in vivo assays in different antibody mediated autoimmune disorders. Additionally, she is interested on revealing the role of the thymus in the development of autoimmunity with special interest in myasthenia gravis, as thymic abnormalities are often associated with this disorder.

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.