Hire Josien

Hiring Josien may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make (trust me, I’m a doctor).
Hire Josien as a:

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Specialist subjects:
Science, Comedy, Comedyscience and Sciencecomedy Women in Science, Science in Women, Women in the Workplace, Science communication, 

Previous performances:
Nerd Nite Sydney – 13/12/2016
Science Nation’s ‘Science Says’ (panellist) -2016
Macquarie University STEMx – Women in STEM (speaker) -2016
Science Nation’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ (performer) – 2016
MAAS museum ‘speed-meet a scientist’ (scientist) – 2016
Mosman High school ‘science at lunchtime’ (speaker) – 2016
Macquarie University MRes; ‘Science communication’ (panellist) – 2016
Science Nation’s ‘Science Says’ (panellist) -2015
Sydney Science Festival ‘The Great Debate’ (finalist) -2015
Macquarie University; ‘communicating science to a wider audience’ (speaker) – 2015
AMP ‘Bright Sparks – 2-minute thesis’ (finalist) – 2015
Masada college ‘science projects’ (speaker, panel judge) – 2013
‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here’ (finalist) -2013

…or hire Dr. de Bie as an actual

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Specialist subjects:

Neuroscience, behavior, tryptophan metabolism, depression & anxiety physiology, chronobiology, immunology.


  1. de Bie J, Lim CK, Guillemin GJ. Kynurenines, Gender and Neuroinflammation; Showcase Schizophrenia. Neurotox Res. June 2016. doi:10.1007/s12640-016-9641-5.
  2. de Bie J, Guest J, Guillemin GJ, Grant R. Central kynurenine pathway shift with age in women. J Neurochem. 2016;136(5):995-1003. doi:10.1111/jnc.13496.
  3. de Bie J. Lim C. K., Guillemin G. J. (2016) Progesterone Alters Kynurenine Pathway Activation in IFN-γ-Activated Macrophages – Relevance for Neuroinflammatory Diseases. J. Tryptophan Res. 9, 89–93.
  4. de Bie., Lim CK., Guillemin GJ. Estrogen and Progesterone alter kynurenine pathway activation in IFNγ-activated primary human brain-derived cells (in preparation)
  5. de Bie., Lim CK, Purvey-Tyson T., Guillemin GJ., Shannon-Weickert C., The effects of estrogen analog Raloxifene on tryptophan metabolism (in preparation).
  6. Jones SP, Franco NF, Varney B, Sundaram G, Brown DA, de Bie J. et al. Expression of the Kynurenine Pathway in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells: Implications for Inflammatory and Neurodegenerative Disease. PLoS One. 2015;10(6):e0131389. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131389.
  7. Wood PA, de Bie J, Clarke JA. Behavioural and physiological responses of domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to agonistic growls from conspecifics. Appl Anim Behav Sci. 2014;161:105-112. doi:10.1016/j.applanim.2014.10.004.
  8. Vidal J, Bie J de, Granneman RA, Wallinga AE, Koolhaas JM, Buwalda B. Social stress during adolescence in Wistar rats induces social anxiety in adulthood without affecting brain monoaminergic content and activity. Physiol Behav. 2007;92(5):824-830. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2007.06.004.

Invited talks: 

  • – The Netherlands; Dept. Psychiatry and Neuroimaging, Groningen academic hospital ‘The Kynurenine pathway and gender in schizophrenia’
  • – The Netherlands; Dept. Orthopedagogy Leiden University,
    ‘The Kynurenine pathway and gender in psychiatry’
  • – Sydney, Australia Macquarie University, Science graduate program.
    ‘Social media: communicating science to a wider audience’
  • – Sydney, Australia; Australasian Research Institute.
    Kynurenine metabolite quantification in CSF and supernatant’


2015 – ISTRY – Grand Rapids Michigan, USA
‘The effects of Oestrogen and Progesterone on the Kynurenine pathway’
2014 – ICN – Sydney, Australia
‘The effects of Oestrogen and Progesterone on the Kynurenine pathway’
2010 – FENS – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‘The inhibition of eye-movements: Model-based comparison of inhibition in countermanding and antisaccade tasks’

Gender, the forgotten frontier: hormones and brain metabolism

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