• Department of Neuroscience

    Erasmus MC

  • Wide range of techniques and research questions

    From molecules to circuits and disease mechanisms

  • Vibrant Research Community

    Over 40 biomedical research laboratories

Research Objectives

Our research is dedicated to Plasticity and Dynamics of Sensori-Motor Systems and Cognitive Systems in health and disease. We investigate those at the physiological, anatomical, behavioral and molecular level in 20 research groups.


The Department of Neuroscience of Erasmus Medical University Center, Rotterdam, is embedded in the dynamic, internationally competitive research community of over 40 biomedical research labs, encompassing the departments of: Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Genetic and Genetic Identification. We collaborate with universities and institutes at a national and international level and host fruitful relationships with our industry partners.

Academic excellence

The main objective of the two-year Research Master’s Program in Neuroscience is to teach and to provide training for talented students in the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience. The program prepares students for future fundamental research in various medical fields in which neuroscience is increasingly important. The program combines a broad range of tutorials and workshops in neuro-anatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, psychology and psychiatry with an extensive period of research training.

Department of Neuroscience is placed in the Research Tower of the Erasmus Medical Center (Ee building). The Department Chair is Prof. Dr. Chris de Zeeuw.

Recent Publications

The department of Neuroscience strives to publish Open Access. Accepted versions of most published papers can be found in the Erasmus University institutional repository repub.eur.nl


Synthetic Polymers Provide a Robust Substrate for Functional Neuron Culture.

Zhang Y, Venkateswaran S, Higuera GA, Nath S, Shpak G, Matray J, Fratila-Apachitei LE, Zadpoor AA, Kushner SA, Bradley M, De Zeeuw CI
in Advanced healthcare materials 2020

NINscope, a versatile miniscope for multi-region circuit investigations.

de Groot A, van den Boom BJ, van Genderen RM, Coppens J, van Veldhuijzen J, Bos J, Hoedemaker H, Negrello M, Willuhn I, De Zeeuw CI, Hoogland TM
in eLife 2020

SK2 channels in cerebellar Purkinje cells contribute to excitability modulation in motor-learning-specific memory traces.

Grasselli G, Boele HJ, Titley HK, Bradford N, van Beers L, Jay L, Beekhof GC, Busch SE, De Zeeuw CI, Schonewille M, Hansel C
in PLoS biology 2020

The Effects of Preferred Music on Laparoscopic Surgical Performance: A Randomized Crossover Study.

in World journal of surgery 2020

The Effects of Preferred Music on Laparoscopic Surgical Performance: A Randomized Crossover Study.

in World journal of surgery 2020