Stephan is a part-time postdoctoral research engineer at the Erasmus SYNC lab, where he focuses on building reproducible analysis pipelines and data management processes for neuroimaging data. 

Stephan has an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and Robotics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He worked as a commercial and software engineer for four years in two industries (Industrial Automation and Enterprise Mobility) before moving to the Netherlands with the goal of conducting research in neuroscience. His doctoral research at the Eindhoven University of Technology and in collaboration with Philips Research focused on developing new acquisition and signal processing methods for functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that allow improved tracking and visualisation of brain activity in real-time.

Stephan is passionate about brains, accessible education, and making scientific practice more transparent and inclusive. Throughout his doctoral research, he has been active in the Dutch network of Open Science Communities and he founded OpenMR Benelux, a community working on wider adoption of open science practices in MRI research through talks, discussions, workshops and hackathons. Stephan has since continued this passion as a Research Data and Software Engineer at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, where he works on software solutions for neuroinformatics and decentralised research data management.

Mark Mulder is Data Manager for the SYNC Lab and focuses on data structuring and open science practices. He is currently working on the structuring multiple datasets (such as Braintime and The Urban Rotterdam Project) and furthering the open science capabilities within the lab.

He is also Data Manager for Growing Up Together in Society (GUTS) research program, where he coordinates data storage and data sharing between nine institutions. He is currently working on setting up database structures and storage/software solutions for the massive ten-year project, with the intent of facilitating collaboration between the collaborating institutions.

Mark has a background in psychology and obtained his Master in Economic and Consumer Psychology at Leiden University in 2019. His master thesis focused on the influence of institutionalization of compensation and having a voice in the spending of the compensation on public acceptance of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects. After graduating, he worked as a research assistant at the department of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology in Leiden and as a lecturer for the Urban Studies program. He is supervised by Eveline Crone and Eduard Klapwijk