Louk Vanderschuren obtained a MSc degree in Medical Biology (1990) and a PhD degree (1994) at Utrecht University. As a post-doctoral fellow, he studied the neurobiology of drug addiction at the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Cambridge. In 2004 he was appointed staff member at the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience (UMC Utrecht), and in 2010 he was appointed professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at Utrecht University. His research deals with the neurobiology of social behavior, impulsive behavior and addiction. He has published 97 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been cited >4800 times. He is editor of Behavioural Pharmacology, and member of the executive committee of the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.