Merel van Witteloostuijn studied at Utrecht University, where she completed her research master 'Linguistics: the study of the language faculty' in 2013. In 2020, Merel defended her thesis entitled "Examining the contribution of statistical learning to grammar and literacy acquisition: A study of Dutch children with and without dyslexia" (part of a NWO Vidi project awarded to prof. dr. Judith Rispens).


Currently, Merel is working as a researcher and teacher in the department of DEvelopment and Education of youth in Diverse Societies (DEEDS). She is involved in the NWO Vici project awarded to prof. dr. Elma Blom "Children and Language Mixing: developmental, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic aspects (CALM)" ( She also teaches several courses and supervises bachelor theses, master theses and internships.