Dr Hendrikus Smit (H.E.)
As a biologist, I am interested in genetics and evolution, especially in understanding the role of genetics in evolutionary processes. Genes affect the development of an individual and it is a challenge to understand their roles through understanding the processes that explain how evolution has shaped genes and their expression patterns. Genetics also shapes the course of evolution since genes constrain evolutionary processes. I am interested in the role of genetics in evolutionary transitions, especially in the case of the human species. In particular, I am interested in understanding diseases caused by disrupted expression of genes.
As a philosopher, I am interested in conceptual problems in the fields of biology, medicine and psychology. Assuming that there is a distinction between empirical and conceptual problems, I am interested in disentangling these empirical and conceptual problems in fields where confusion is abundant. My goal is to get a clearer picture of problems so that we can frame interesting hypotheses in science.
Professional career history
- Student: Biology and Philosophy, State University Groningen
- 1983-1985: Project: Evolution and Evolutionary Epistemology, University of Nijmegen
- 1989: Ph D: Maastricht University
- 1985-1995: Assistant Professor Department of Health Care and Ethics, Faculty of Health Sciences
- 1995-present: Assistant Professor Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of
- Psychology and Neurosciences, Maastricht University