I’m Gilles de Hollander and I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Tomas Knapen at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Short CV


  • 2017–current Postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Tomas Knapen doing laminar-resolved UHF-fMRI during binocular rivalry
  • 2013–2017 PhD-student with Birte Forstmann-lab of model-based neuroimaging, investigating the role of the Basal Ganglia during speeded decision-making.
  • 2010–2012 MSc Artificial Intelligence, University of Amsterdam.
    • Thesis: An application of Multivariate Pattern Analysis: does the Subthalamic Nucleus code for response caution?
    • Supervisors: Dr. B. U. F. Forstmann, Dr. L. van Maanen and Dr. M. van Someren
  • 2005–2010 BSc Beta-Gamma, University of Amsterdam.
    • Beta-Gamma is a three-year interdisciplinary bachelor that aims at teaching interdisciplinary thought and research strategies.
    • 2008–2010 major Artificial Intelligence
      • Bachelor Project: The EU Parliament in clouds: An applied study on the usability of word clouds to summarize meetings and the methods to construct them
      • Supervisor: Dr. M. Marx
    • 2006–2008 major Psychobiology
      • Bachelor Project: Teamwork in autism: where to represent someone else’s actions in a joint spatial compatibility task
      • Supervisor: Dr. J.A. van Hooft
    • 1999–2005 VWO, Vossius Gymnasium, Amsterdam.
      • Course Profiles: Nature & Technology, Nature & Health
      • Extra Courses: Classical Latin, History, Philosophy
      • Thesis: Klankkleur bij Elecktrische Gitaren (Timbre of Electric Guitars)


  • Gave a workshop about Python in Neuroscience (February 2014, slides, IPython Notebook).
  • Gave a lecture about basic fMRI, Multivariate Pattern Analysis and Representational Similarity Analysis in the “Introduction to Neuroscientific and Neuroanatomy” (november 2012 and 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant Reinforcement Learning Practical Beta-Gamma computer practical, 2013
    • Developed and taught a completely redesigned computer practical in Javascript. Students could run the entire practical from their internet browser (link to course website).
  • Teaching Assistant Qualitative Reasoning Practical Future Planet Studies, UvA, 2012
  • Teaching Assistant Reinforcement Learning Practical Beta-Gamma computer practical, UvA, 2009, 2010 and 2011
    • Developed and taught computer practical in Matlab.