23 May 2017

Michelle Moerel nominated for New Scientist Science Talent 2017

Maastricht University is proud of the nomination of Dr. Michelle Moerel, assistant professor and researcher at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio), for New Scientist Talent 2017. She is one of 25 nominees. In her research Moerel studies the human brain, more specifically the way people hear. For that purpose she invites test persons to lie in an MRI scanner and listen to sounds. That allows her to measure the brain activity that is caused by the sounds. She analyses these images and deduces how the brains process the sounds.

"The ageing population and the development of hearing damage caused by loud music predict a rise in hearing problems in the upcoming years. Damaged hearing often has far-reaching social and psychological consequences. For people with hearing problems my results may one day be very relevant.”

New Scientist Science Talent 2017

The 18 universities in The Netherlands and Flanders, including their associated medical centres, were invited to each nominate three scientists. The editors of New Scientist selected 25 nominees, one of which is Michelle Moerel.   

The New Scientist Science Talent 2017 will be disclosed on 22 June in the Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam. The voice of the public and the judgement of the jury will be converted into numbers of points. These numbers each count for half in determining the winner.  


Michelle Moerel works at MaCSBio, the institute for systems biology at Maastricht University. This field of study uses mathematics and computer models to understand complex biological processes. The whole grail of systems biology is to build a virtual human being, which will make it possible to better predict and treat diseases and disorders. MaCSBio is dedicated to educating future talents. Therefore, the institute offers a two-year master’s programme in Systems Biology. MaCSBio belongs to the STEM cluster of the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.