dr.ir. B.C. Schwab (Bettina)

Assistant Professor


My research interests lie in systems neuroscience and computational biology with a focus on the motor system and basal ganglia. I am fascinated by the physiology of the human brain, and how it controls movement in such a precise and reliable way. Therefore, with a background in physics, I aim to investigate the (dys)function of this system using technical methods, including experimental and computational approaches: electrophysiological recordings, modulation of brain activity by both invasive and non-invasive stimulation, and neural network dynamics. I also have a fable for investigating the basics of electric brain stimulation and advancing new stimulation techniques.


Fiene, M., Radecke, J-O., Misselhorn, J., Sengelmann, M., Herrmann, C. S., Schneider, T. R. , Schwab, B. C., & Engel, A. K. (2022). tACS phase-specifically biases brightness perception of flickering light. Brain stimulation, 15(1), 244-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2022.01.001
Fiene, M. , Schwab, B. C., Misselhorn, J., Herrmann, C. S., Schneider, T. R., & Engel, A. K. (2020). Phase-specific manipulation of rhythmic brain activity by transcranial alternating current stimulation. Brain stimulation, 13(5), 1254-1262. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2020.06.008
Schwab, B. C., Kase, D., Zimnik, A., Rosenbaum, R., Codianni, M. G., Rubin, J. E., & Turner, R. S. (2020). Neural activity during a simple reaching task in macaques is counter to gating and rebound in basal ganglia–thalamic communication. PLoS Biology, 18(10), [e3000829]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000829

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Affiliated Study Programmes


Courses Academic Year  2021/2022


“Multi-modal network modulation in Parkinson’s disease”; Individual Research Grant, German Research Foundation (DFG), 2021-2024, sum: 361,350€; Collaborators: Christian Moll, Monika Pötter-Nerger, Wolfgang Hamel (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), Andrew Sharott, Charlotte Stagg, Tim Denison (University of Oxford)

“Cross-frequency coupling related to motor skill acquisition in stroke patients”; Joint with Fanny Quandt (Neurology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf), 2021-2022, sum: 140,400€, consisting of UKE Tandemförderung (70,500€) & SFB 936 (DFG), Integrated Junior Project (69,900€); Collaborators: Charlotte Stagg (University of Oxford), Till Schneider, Robert Schulz (University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf)

“Model-based optimization of dual-site tACS”; collaboration with Ciska Heida, BSS, University of Twente.


Lay comic on one of my experimental works: https://www.bettina-schwab.net/ComicEnglish.pdf


Talk @ Computational Modeling in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Workshop 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVCQB6QIHAY


Report on my stay @ Wiko Berlin: https://www.wiko-berlin.de/fileadmin/Jahrbuchberichte/2020/WiKo_2020-21_Web.pdf

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands