Yarmo Mackenbach

PhD student


Nationality: Dutch
E-mail: hi@yarmo.eu
Website: https://yarmo.eu


I'm a 28 year old PhD student currently working in the field of Neurosciences where my research focuses on the neuronal basis of directional hearing. In my free time, I like to tinker with electronics (arduino, raspberry pi) and my homelab (server with networking, storage), as well as play piano and produce music.


PhD in Fundamental Auditory Research

Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

In this project, we study the relationship between input and output of individual Medial Superior Olive cells responsible for the localization of sound. These cells are among the fastest neurons in the brain, operating with a temporal resolution high enough to detect sub-millisecond time differences. Combining a custom novel auditory stimulus and spectral/circular statistics analysis tools programmed specifically for this stimulus, we investigate how dendritic signals interact and generate spikes.

It was my role to lead the project, design the experiments and perform them, analyse the data, write the results and conclusions and present the findings at conferences in the Netherlands and overseas.

Key achievements:
Improved surgery and longevity of experiments
Designed a novel auditory stimulus and analysis tools
Designed a remote-controlled cell patching system
Set up database & data management workflow


B.Sc. Biology

Université Victor Segalen, Bordeaux, France

M.Sc. Neurosciences et


Université Victor Segalen, Bordeaux, France

M.Sc. Cellular & Molecular Biology

Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

Extra-curricular courses

Machine Learning - Andrew Ng (Stanford & Coursera)


Programming & automation
Data management
Scientific reasoning
Hosting online services
Open source/science advocate




General skills

Communication (writing, posters & presentations)
Playing music with others (band, jams)

Organisational skills

Was part of the organizing committees for the Brain Awareness Week Rotterdam events of 2017 and 2018, both attended by 200+ people. Was part of organizing committees for the ONWAR PhD retreats of 2016 and 2017, both attended by 100+ PhD students.

Scientific skills

In vivo electrophysiology
Behavioral techniques
Data analysis (Matlab)
Neuron modelling (neuron)
Spectral analysis (Fourier, power)
Circular statistics (vector strength, Rayleigh)

Tech skills

Programming & data analysis
SQL database management (MySQL, mariaDB)
NoSQL database management (neo4j)
Version control systems (git, svn)
Website programming (HTML, JS, CSS)
Server side scripting (PHP, NodeJS)
Automation & workflow design (bash, perl, python)
Arduino/raspberry pi programming (C/python)
Networking (routing, reverse proxy, ssh)
Application containerization (docker)
Using cloud-based virtual private servers
Contributing to the open-source ecosystem
Artificial intelligence / machine learning
Decentralized & federated web 3.0


Pregnenolone blocks cannabinoid-induced acute psychotic-like states in mice. Busquets-Garcia, A., Soria-Gómez, E., Redon, B. et al. Molecular Psychiatry (2017)
DOI: 10.1038/mp.2017.4