Congratulations to Abhilasha Joshi who has been awarded the Senior Hulme Scholarship by Brasenose College. These scholarships are awarded each year to the best doctoral students as recognition of academic distinction. As a part of the award, Abhilasha will receive a research allowance and Senior Hulme scholars are also entitled to certain High Table dining rights.
Abhilasha is in the second year of her D.Phil studies as a Felix Scholar in Professor Peter Somogyi’s lab and her co-supervisor is Dr David Dupret. She received her first degree in Integrated Sciences from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. She studies the temporal neuronal dynamics between the medial septum and its major projection target, the hippocampus, in order to clarify circuit level mechanisms responsible for spatial navigation. She has implemented multi-unit recordings in the medial septum of mice performing a spatial navigation task in a virtual reality environment. She aims to characterize single neurons and to establish how behaviorally relevant information is structured in the medial septum in relation to simultaneously recorded neuronal activity in the hippocampus.
We are very pleased to welcome Abhilasha Joshi to the Unit for a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford and registered at Brasenose College. She has joined Professor Somogyi’s laboratory and her co-supervisor is Dr David Dupret. Her research project “Behaviour and neuronal network state-dependent activity of identified neurons in the temporal cortex of the brain”. Abhilasha was awarded the Felix Scholarship, which is primarily aimed at Indian graduate students to help them to achieve their potential by coming to the U.K.
Unit Programme Leader David Dupret, Investigator Scientist Tim Viney, D.Phil. Students Abhilasha Joshi and Eszter Korman, and Visiting Students Alison Comrie and Minas Salib, all enthusiastically served on the MRC stand at the Oxfordshire Science Festival held in Oxford's Bonn Square on Saturday 7th March 2015. The Unit crew was joined by many other MRC-funded staff and students from MRC Harwell. This year, the Unit team led several interactive displays with a special emphasis on brain plasticity, dementia and memory disorders.
Natalie Doig delivered a short presentation of her results, part of the transfer process from Probationary Research Student to DPhil status. In recognition of the excellent standard of her presentation, she was awarded the Paton Prize. This prize is awarded each year to the student who gives the best transfer talk in the Department of Pharmacology, and is in memory of Professor Sir William Paton.
Miss Fahrat is visiting the laboratory from January until July 2014 to study GABAergic inhibitory interneurons in the hippocampus. For the visit, she was awarded a stipend from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Her visit is part of her Ph.D. in National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan.
We are pleased to welcome Timea Szabadi to the Unit. She has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s group on a 3 month Erasmus student exchange scholarship and during her time in the Unit she will explore signalling mechanisms in the brain in relation to rhythmic networks activity in the hippocampus. She will carry out immunohistochemistry for the characterization of neurons recorded in vivo. Timea is currently a 5th year medical student at the University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Targu Mure, Romania.