Mark obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in applied physics from the University of Twente, where he specialized in materials science. During his master’s studies, he developed an interest in machine learning, which he used during his thesis to model complex nanoelectronic systems.
In June 2020 Mark joined the lab and the Science of Intelligence cluster as a PhD student. He is currently investigating the interaction between learning and social perception. He aims to automatically monitor social learning behavior in group-housed mice and to model their behavior with the aid of reinforcement learning to gain an understanding of how social responsiveness is facilitating learning.