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.