Academic CV

BASIC PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: January 14th, 1986

Place of Birth: Katowice, Poland

Nationality: Polish

Country of residence: the Netherlands (since 2011)

Private email: natalia.bielczyk@gmail.com

Business email: welcome.solutions.nijmegen@gmail.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nataliabielczyk/

Medium: https://medium.com/@nataliabielczyk/

Twitter: @nbielczyk_neuro, @nBielczykCrypto

ORCiD: 0000-0003-1604-9143

 

POSITION

since July 1st, 2019: Owner at Welcome Solutions, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (KvK-nummer 75296284, website: https://welcome-solutions.com/), a company offering (i) career development workshops and coaching sessions, (ii) freelance writing services (business plans, white papers, other documents), (iii) business consultancy.

since November 7th, 2018: Founder and Director at Stichting Solaris Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (KvK-nummer 73055093, website: https://stichting-solaris.github.io/), a private foundation set to (i) improve on the quality of mentoring in academia, (ii) assist in transfers between academia and industry, (iii) improve on fairness in scientific projects. The foundation has received the ANBI status and as such, it is recognized as an institution for public good in the Netherlands.

since October 1st, 2013: PhD candidate at UMC St. Radboud, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience


WORKING EXPERIENCE

April 1st – September 30th, 2013: a Research Assistant at UMC St Radboud, Nijmegen, Department of Cognitive Neuroscience

 

EDUCATION

September 28th, 2012: M.Sc. in Physics (specialization: Medical Physics)

Thesis: Description of spectral characteristics for multichannel EEG record with use of VFAD

July 15th, 2010: M.Sc. in Mathematics (graduated without specialization, attended Seminar in Mathematics Applied in Social Sciences)

Thesis: Dynamical Models of Interpersonal Interactions with Delay

February 23rd, 2010: M.Sc. in Psychology (specialization: Psychometrics)

Thesis: Multiple Classification of Drawing Forms as a tool measuring capacity for solving divergent problems

2004 - 2012: College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Warsaw

 

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

causal inference

connectomics

signal analysis

prediction in psychiatry

genetics and transcriptomics (beginner level)

econometrics

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

[01] PUBLISHED

Bielczyk, N., Llera, A., Buitelaar, J. K., Glennon, J., Beckmann, C. (2019). Increasing robustness of pairwise methods for effective connectivity in Magnetic Resonance Imaging by building a classifier based on the Dynamic Causal Modeling generative model and complex moments of the BOLD distribution. Network Neuroscience. DOI: 10.1162/netn_a_00062

Bielczyk*, N., Piskała*, K., Płomecka*, M, Radziński, P., Todorova, L., Foryś, U. (2019).  A time-delay model of decision making in cortical networks. PLoS ONE 14(2): e0211885, IF(2017): 2.766. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211885

Bielczyk, N. Z., Ando*, A., Badhwar*, A., Caldinelli*, C., Gao*, M., Haugg*, A., Hernandez*, L., Ito*, K., Kessler*, D., Lurie*, D., Makary*, M. M., Nikolaidis*, A., Veldsman*, M., OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group (2019). Effective self-management for early career researchers in the natural sciences. Open Science Framework, DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/W6EMK

Bielczyk, N., Uithol, S., van Mourik, T., Anderson, P., Glennon, J. C., Buitelaar, J. K. (2019). Disentangling causal webs in the brain using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A review of current approaches. Network Neuroscience 3(2): 237-273, DOI: 10.1162/netn_a_00062

Bielczyk*, N. Z., Veldsman*, M., Ando, A., Caldinelli, C., Makary, M. M., Nikolaidis, A., Scelsi, M. A., Stefan, M., OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group, Badhwar, A. (2018). Establishing online mentorship for early career researchers: Lessons from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping International Mentoring Programme. European Journal of Neuroscience, IF(2018): 2.941, DOI: 10.1111/ejn.14320

Bours*, C. C. A. H., Bakker-Huvenaars*, M. J., Tramper, J., Bielczyk, N., Scheepers, F., Nijhof, K. S., Baanders, A. N., Rommelse, N. N. J., Medendorp, P., Glennon, J. C. and Buitelaar, J. K. (2018). Emotional face recognition in male adolescents with autism spectrum disorder or disruptive behavior disorder: an eye-tracking study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 1-15, IF(2015): 3.339, DOI: 10.1007/s00787-018-1174-4

Bielczyk, N., Walocha*, F., Ebel, P., Llera, A., Haak, K., Buitelaar, J. K., Glennon, J. C., Beckmann, C. F. (2018). Thresholding functional connectomes by means of Mixture Modeling. NeuroImage 171: 402-414, IF(2017): 5.835, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.003

Jager, A., Amiri, H., Bielczyk, N., Heukelum, S., Heerschap, A., Aschrafi, A., Poelmans, G., Buitelaar, J., Kozicz, T., Glennon, J. (2017). Cortical control of aggression: GABA signalling in the anterior cingulate cortex. European Neuropsychopharmacology, IF(2017): 4.239, DOI: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2017.12.007 

Foryś, U., Bielczyk, N., Piskała, K., Płomecka, M, Poleszczuk, J. (2017). Delay-induced impairments in perceptual decision making: neuronal population modeling approach. Complexity, IF(2016): 4.621 (2/100, Mathematics Interdisciplinary Applications)

Bielczyk, N., Llera, A., Buitelaar, J. K., Glennon, J. C., Beckmann, C. F. (2017). The impact of haemodynamic variability and signal mixing on the identifiability of effective connectivity structures in BOLD fMRI. Brain and Behavior, IF(2016): 2.128, DOI: 10.1002/brb3.777

Bielczyk, N., Buitelaar, J., Glennon, J., Tiesinga, P. (2015). Circuit to construct mapping: amathematical tool for assisting the diagnosis and treatment in major depressive disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry 6:29, IF(2016): 3.53, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00029

Bielczyk,  N.,  Foryś,  U.,  Płatkowski,  T.  (2013).  Dynamical models of dyadic interactions with delay. The Journal of Mathematical Sociology 37(4): 223-249, IF(2016): 0.680, DOI: 10.1080/0022250X.2011.597279

Bielczyk, N., Bodnar, M., Foryś, U. (2012). Delay Can Stabilize: Love Affairs Dynamics. Applied Mathematics and Computation 219(8): 3923–37, IF(2016): 1.738, DOI: 10.1016/j.amc.2012.10.028

[02] UNDER REVIEW:

Lurie*, D. J., Kessler*, D.,  Bassett, D. S., Betzel, R. F., Breakspear, M., Keilholz, S., Kucyi, A., Liégeois, R., Lindquist, M. A., McIntosh, A. R., Poldrack, R. A., Shine, J. M., Thompson, W. H., Bielczyk, N. Z., Douw, L., Kraft, D., Miller, R. L., Muthuraman, M., Pasquini, L., Razi, A., Vidaurre, D., Xie, H., Calhoun, V. D. (2019). On the nature of resting fMRI and time-varying functional connectivity. Under review.

Tennant, J., Bielczyk, N., Cheplygina, V., Greshake Tzovaras, B., Hartgerink, C., Havemann, J., Masuzzo, P., Steiner, T. (2019). Ten simple rules for researchers collaborating on Massively Open Online Papers (MOOPs). Under review. DOI: 10.31222/osf.io/et8ak

Cheplygina, V., Hermans, F., Albers, C., Bielczyk, N., Smeets, I. (2019). Ten Simple Rules for Using Twitter as a Scientist. Under review.

Bielczyk, N. Z., Ando*, A., Badhwar*, A., Caldinelli*, C., Gao*, M., Haugg*, A., Hernandez*, L. M., Ito*, K., Kessler*, D., Lurie*, D., Makary*, M. M., Nikolaidis*, A., Veldsman*, M., Allen, C., Bankston, A., Bottenhorn, K. L., Braukmann, R., Calhoun, V., Cheplygina, V., Costa Boffino, C., Ercan, E., Finc, K., Foo, H., Khatibi, A., La, C., Mehler, D. M. A., Narayanan, S., Poldrack, R. A., Raamana, P. R., Salo, T., Goddard-Sebillotte, C., Uddin, L. Q., Valeriani, D., Valk, S. L., Walton, C. C., Ward, P. G. D., Yanes, J. A., Zhou, X., OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group. Effective self-management for early career researchers in the natural and life sciences. Under review. DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/W6EMK

Koenings, M., Blokpoel, M., Kapusta, K., Claassen, T., Butelaar, J. K., Glennon, J. C., Bielczyk, N. Z. (2019). Quantifying free behavior in an~open field using k-motif approach. Under review.

[03] PREPRINTS:

Koenings, M., Blokpoel, M., Kapusta, K., Claassen, T., Butelaar, J. K., Glennon, J. C., Bielczyk, N. Z. (2019). Quantifying free behavior in an~open field using k-motif approach. bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/735399

Tennant, J., Bielczyk, N., Cheplygina, V., Greshake Tzovaras, B., Hartgerink, C., Havemann, J., Masuzzo, P., Steiner, T. (2019). Ten simple rules for researchers collaborating on Massively Open Online Papers (MOOPs). Open Science Framework, URL: https://osf.io/preprints/metaarxiv/et8ak

Bielczyk, N. Z., Ando*, A., Badhwar*, A., Caldinelli*, C., Gao*, M., Haugg*, A., Hernandez*, L. M., Ito*, K., Kessler*, D., Lurie*, D., Makary*, M. M., Nikolaidis*, A., Veldsman*, M., Allen, C., Bankston, A., Bottenhorn, K. L., Braukmann, R., Cheplygina, V., Calhoun, V., Costa Boffino, C., Ercan, E., Finc, K., Foo, H., Khatibi, A., La, C., Mehler, D. M. A., Narayanan, S., Poldrack, R. A., Raamana, P. R., Salo, T., Goddard-Sebillotte, C., Uddin, L. Q., Valeriani, D., Valk, S. L., Walton, C. C., Ward, P. G. D., Yanes, J. A., Zhou, X., OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group. Effective self-management for early career researchers in the natural and life sciences. Open Science Framework, DOI: 10.17605/OSF.IO/W6EMK

Bielczyk*, N., Piskała*, K., Płomecka*, M, Radziński, P., Todorova, L., Poleszczuk, J., Foryś, U. (2018). A time-delay model of decision making in cortical networks. bioRxiv, DOI: 10.1101/348276

Bielczyk, N., Uithol, S., van Mourik, T., Havenith, M. N., Anderson, P., Glennon, J. C. , Buitelaar, J. K. (2017). Causal inference in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: a Review of current approaches. arXiv:1708.04020

Bielczyk, N., Llera, A., Buitelaar, J. K., Glennon, J., Beckmann, C. (2016). Increasing robustness of pairwise methods for effective connectivity in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging by using fractional moment series of BOLD signal distributions. arXiv:1606.08724

[04] CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Piskała, K., Płomecka, M., Bielczyk, N. (2017). Neural mass with short-term synaptic plasticity (STP) as a model of a winner-take-all competition in sensory systems. Proceedings of the XXIV National Conference on Application of Mathematics in Biology and Medicine, Jugowice, September 11th-15th.

Bodnar, M., Foryś, U., Poleszczuk, J., Bielczyk, N. (2010). Delay Can Stabilize: Love Affairs Dynamics. Proceedings of the XVI National Conference on Application of Mathematics in Biology and Medicine, Krynica Górska, September 14th-18th, pp. 12-17, AGH Kraków

[05] BOOK CHAPTERS

Bielczyk, N., Buitelaar, J., Glennon, J., Tiesinga, P. (2015). Circuit to construct mapping: amathematical tool for assisting the diagnosis and treatment in major depressive disorder. In: Kalis, A., Strijbos, D., de Bruin, L. and Glas, G. (Eds.): Causal explanation in psychiatry – beyond scientism and scepticism (pp. 88-102). Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Lewiński, P., Łukasik, M., Kurdej, K., Leonarski, F., Bielczyk, N., Rakowski, F., Rączaszek-Leonardi, J., Plewczyński, D. (2019). The World Color Survey: Data Analysis and Simulations. In: Massip Bonet, À., Bel-Enguix, G., Bastardas-Boada, A. (Eds): Complexity Applications in Language and Communication Sciences (pp. 289-311). DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-04598-2_16 

CONFERENCE TALKS / INVITED TALKS AND SEMINARS

March 2nd, 2019: Brainhack Warsaw 2019, a talk: Open mentoring

January 16th, 2019: OpenMR Benelux event, Leiden, the Netherlands, a talk: Sharing is caring: how mentoring and open science come together to equalise chances for career development in academia

November 25th 2017: Aspects of Neuroscience international conference at the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, a talk: Causality in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

November 22nd, 2017: the Department of Neurophysiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, invited seminar: The landscape after the Brainhack - on the results and impressions after the first AoN Brainhack Warsaw

September 25th, 2017: Coupling and Causality in Complex Systems, international conference at the University of Cologne, Germany, a talk: Causality in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

November 29th, 2016: TACTICS Consortium General Meeting, Fuertaventura, symposium talk: Momentum: a new, joint nonparametric pipeline for signal detection and causal inference in fMRI

November 11th, 2016: Donders Discussions, international PhD student conference, a talk: Pitfalls of causal research in fMRI

June 6th, 2016: XXXVI Dynamics Days Europe, Corfu, Greece, a conference talk: Causal connectome of the human brain: how do the large-scale networks communicate?

April 29th, 2016: European Meeting of Neuroscience by PhD students, 2nd Edition, Grenoble, France, an opening conference talk: Searching for causal networks in the brain

November 5th, 2015: Donders Discussions, international PhD student conference, a talk: Causal research in fMRI

May 14th, 2015: Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía, Física y Computación, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina, invited seminar: Causal research in fMRI

April 14th, 2015: University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, an invited seminar: Causal research in fMRI

July 30th, 2014: Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece: Dos and don’ts in the causal research in fMRI

 

CONFERENCE POSTERS

July 9th, 2018: FENS Forum Berlin: a poster ‘Thresholding functional connectomes in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging using Mixture Modeling’ 

June 17th-21st, 2018: Organization for Human Brain Mapping annual meeting, Singapore, posters: Thresholding functional connectomes in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging using Mixture Modeling and A new approach to robust effective connectivity estimation using fractional cumulants

October 15th, 2017: World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Orlando, USA, a poster: From functional to causal genomics: on the directed interactions in a gene-coexpression network underlying Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

June 29th, 2016: OHBM conference, Geneva, Switzerland, a poster: Momentum: A new method for causal inference in functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

June 17th, 2015: OHBM conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, a poster: An information Theoretic View on Causal Modeling in fMRI

December11th,  2014:  BrainModes international conference,  London,  a poster:  Insightsinto causal inference in fMRI by means of Dynamic Causal Modeling

June 28th, 2011: 8th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, and Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology, Kraków, Poland, a poster: Delay can stabilise: population and love affairs dynamics

April 1st, 2011: 13th International Neuroscience Winter Conference, Soelden, Austria, posters: Increased analytical thinking in depression and Perspectives on Research on Depressive Realism Phenomenon

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

August 2019: personal Mozilla Scholarship (1,500 USD + covering travel costs) to attend Mozilla Fest in London, October 25-27, 2019

September 2017: Womanium Neuro Scholars Scholarship within the Elemental Woman in STEM+Entrepreneurship mentoring programme: http://womanium.org/Profiles/Profile.html/4736924497477632

June, 2016: Young Researchers Award (+600Eur prize) at the XXXVI Dynamics Days Europe, Corfu, Greece, for a conference talk: Causal connectome of the human brain: how do the large-scale networks communicate?

2006-2007 – academic scholarship of the College of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (for 10-15% of students with highest GPA)

2002 – Scholarship of the Prime Minister of Poland for excelling high school students

 

GRANTS

Mozilla Open Science Mini Grant, for the project entitled Avengers for Better Science (https://avengers-for-better-science.github.io/): a retreat organized to support young researchers committed to building an inclusive, open and ethical academia

FENS-IBRO/PERC Travel Grant for attending FENS Forum Berlin, July 7th-11th, 2018 (750 EUR)

IBRO International Travel Grant for research related travel, January, 1st - June 30th, 2018 (1,800 EUR)

IBRO-PERC Financial Support of Workshops, Symposia and Meetings 2017, for organizing AoN Brainhack Warsaw, November 17th-19th 2017 (4,000 EUR)

Radboud Internationalisation Grant for Outgoing PhD candidates 2017, for attending World Congress of Psychiatry Genetics meeting, WCPG, Orlando, USA (700 EUR)

Radboud Internationalisation Grant for Outgoing PhD candidates 2016, for attending Organisation of Human Brain Mapping, OHBM, Geneva, Switzerland (400 EUR)

 

SUMMER SCHOOLS / TRAINING PERIODS / FELLOWSHIPS / INTERNSHIPS

August 28 - September 2, 2017: 10th Advanced Scientific Programming in Python, G-Node,  Municipality of Sithonia, Greece

January 13th - 30th, 2014: 3rd LACONEU summer school in Computational Neuroscience, Valparaiso, Chile; research project: Turing patterns in spiking neural networks and in neural fields

July 30th - August 24th, 2012: 17th Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience, FENS-IBRO Training Centre, Będlewo, Poland, research project: nonlinear computation by neural networks

July 14th - 31st, 2012: 3rd Cold Spring Harbor Summer School in Computational Neuroscience, Beijing, China; research project: Impact of structural motifs on synchrony in neural networks

August 9th - September 8th, 2010: internship in R&D Department of Laboratory & Co., company specialized in neuromarketing, research project: Implementation of LORETA to the EEG datasets

July 1st - September 6th,  2008:  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship(SURF) at California Institute of Technology, an eye-tracking project: Are Animal Eyes Avoided by Individuals with Autism? under the supervision of prof. Ralph Adolphs

 

OTHER SKILLS AND COMPETENCES

programming: Matlab / Python / R / LaTeX / basics of Git / basics of JavaScript

languages: Polish – native, English – proficient (CAE certificate)

Basiskwalificatie in Onderzoekstages (BKO,  professional Dutch academic teaching qualification), experience in supervising Bachelor and Master students

Young Master of Business Administration title, obtained from Warsaw School of Economics, 2011

Animal Laboratory Act (Article 9, obtained on March 17th, 2014, license no 685218), a professional Dutch qualification for animal laboratory research

a driving license cat. B

 

RESEARCH-RELATED ACTIVITIES / POPULARISATION / LEADERSHIP IN SCIENCE

a blogger, writing on science, mentorship, labour and whereabouts: www.nataliabielczyk.com

a member of the advisory board at the second edition of Brainhack Warsaw, March 1st-3rd 2019: https://brainhackwarsaw.github.io/

a member of the advisory board at the first edition of OpenMR Benelux event, Leiden, the Netherlands, January 16th, 2019: https://openmrbenelux.github.io/

a Twitter Ambassador for the FENS Forum, Berlin July 7th-11th 2018

Career Development and Mentoring Manager within the OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group 2017-2019: www.ohbmtrainees.com:

[a] co-organiser and co-chair at the annual symposium on mentorship and career development “The Secrets behind Success” during the OHBM Annual Meeting, Singapore 15th-19th, 2018 

[b] coordinator of the International Online Mentorship Programme by the OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group, 2017-2019

[c] blogger for the OHBM Student and Postdoc Special Interest Group blog: www.ohbmtrainees.com/blog

a member of the advisory board at the first edition of Brainhack Networks, Paris, France, June 9th-10th 2018: http://brainhack-networks.com/, a project leader for the project: ‘Trends in the resting brain'

a founder and co-organizer of AoN Brainhack Warsaw 2017, the satellite event of the international PhD student conference Aspects of Neuroscience, Warsaw, Poland, November 18th-19th 2017: https://brainhackwarsaw2017.github.io/, a project leader for the project: ‘Functional connectivity: can we find a common ground?

an ad-hoc reviewer for PLoS One, Brain Structure and Function, European Neuropsychopharmacology, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Peeriodicals

an organizer of Frontiers in Network discovery session at the Donders Discussions international PhD student conference 2015, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

a founder of a Causality Club: an informal discussion panel at the Donders Institute

2012-2015: a member of the PhD student council at the Donders Centre for Neuroscience (DCN), a chairperson 2014-2015

ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES

a blogger and writer in blockchain industry: https://medium.com/@nataliabielczyk/

since February 2019: a team member at Blockchain Talks, a monthly conference on blockchain and cryptocurrencies

since September 2018: a secretary of Hackademia, an initiative around Radboud University Nijmegen and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, aiming at bridging between startups and researchers in a form of hackathon projects: https://www.ru.nl/donders/societal-impact/hackademia-hackathon/

HOBBIES

global economy / investments in the stock exchange and real estate / hiking / dance / gardening / blogging / journalism