We are glad to welcome second year medical student Tobias Beusnard-Bee from The Queens College, who is going to work in the McIlhinney Lab on his Final Honours School research project under supervision of Dr. Perestenko. Toby will be working on mutagenesis of mouse N-copine and testing its calcium-dependant translocation in cultured mammalian cells and hippocampal neurons.
Masanori is originally from Japan, but has been studying in the UK for over 12 years. He is in his 2nd- 3rd year of Preclinical Medicine studies at Oxford University Medical School (Hertford College) and has joined Dr. R.A.J. McIlhinney laboratory to do FHS research project under supervision of Dr. Pavel Perestenko.
He has a keen interest in Medical Sciences and feels that working in the laboratory is a great way for him to appreciate the stringency of scientific techniques and methods as well as an ideal opportunity to gain specific insight into Neuroscience.
Prakash Guna has joined Dr Jeff McIlhinney' group as a Research Technician.
Dr Melanie Ludlow has joined the McIlhinney group for two years to investigate potential modulator binding sites on the AMPA receptor. Following on from her PhD studies Melanie has just completed a post-doctoral position at Leicester University, studying the function of P2X receptors in Dictyostelium discoideum.
Ruth has joined Jeff McIlhinney's lab as an MRC-funded DPhil student. Ruth holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCL, where she carried out her final year dissertation at the Institute of Neurology, concentrating on the role of microglial activation in neuroinflammatory disease. Last year Ruth successfully completed the MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she initially joined Jeff's lab in order to carry out her thesis on the expression and distribution of Copine-6 in brain during development.
Mr Viktor Kis has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s laboratory for a month long visit to collaborate with Dr. Ruth Faram, who just completed her DPhil with Dr. Jeff McIlhinney on the Copine-6 enriched interneurons of the forebrain.
Vikor has recently completed a Masters degree at the Department of Anatomy, Cell- and Developmental Biology Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest, and is in the final stages of preparing his PhD thesis. He gave a seminar earlier in the Unit on the structure of the Drosophila brain.