Steven Bakker obtained his PhD in 2005 with René Kahn and Peter Pearson, with a thesis on the genetic basis of ADHD and schizophrenia. Subsequently, he performed 6 months of postdoctoral research with Robin Murray at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. After completion of his clinical training in 2007, he started as a psychiatrist at the psychotic and affective disorders unit in the UMCU. His main interest is finding genetic variations that influence normal behavior and susceptibility to psychiatric disease. In collaboration with René Kahn and Roel Ophoff, UCLA, he investigates genetic factors that determine neurotransmission in the brain, in a cohort of >500 volunteers that donated cerebrospinal fluid and DNA/ RNA. Within the framework of the GROUP psychosis cohort, the emphasis is on genetic variants that contribute to schizophrenia and disease-associated features such as reduced brain volume. Motivating students for choosing a career in psychiatric research is a major drive for Steven’s coordinating involvement in the education of Biomedical and SUMMA students.