Hilleke Hulshoff Pol is full professor of neuroscience in particular of psychiatric disorders at the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. She completed her MS degree in psychophysiology in Utrecht (1987), her internship in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at the University of California in San Diego (1988), and subsequently her PhD degree in Utrecht (September 25, 1995). Topic of her thesis was memory processes in the frontal cortex of the human brain.
Her research focuses on structural and functional brain plasticity throughout life in health and in psychiatric disease, and the influences of genes and environment on brain plasticity. For this purpose she studies patients and healthy individuals and their (twin) family members, using magnetic resonance imaging at (ultra) high field. She has received a VIDI award from the Netherlands Scientific Organization NWO, and a High Potential award from the Utrecht University. Her work was published in >180 publications, her current h-index is 50, and has been cited >7200 times.