We are pleased to welcome Dr Alice Alvernhe to the unit. Alice joined the Csicsvari Group in August 2010 as a Fyssen Foundation Visiting Fellow. The general aim of her research is to study the hippocampo-entorhinal network activity associated with learning processes using large-scale in vivo recordings.
Alice completed her PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Aix-Marseille/ CNRS UMR6155 under the supervision of Professor Bruno Poucet. For her PhD thesis she studied the neuronal correlates of spatial behaviour. She used in vivo unit recordings in rats and showed that the activity of dorsal hippocampal place cells can adapt rapidly to encode modifications in the topology of space such as the appearance of new obstacles through the animal's path.
Sara graduated in Physics at the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2009. Sara then stayed on at the University of Barcelona to complete her Masters degree in Biophysics (2010), during which she undertook her final research project in the Neurophysics Laboratory led by Dr. Jordi Soriano. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the same place, with Dr. Jordi Soriano as her thesis advisor. Her PhD project is focused on the characterization of activity dynamics and functional network connectivity within clustered neuronal cultures.
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.
Unit student Linda Katona who had her viva in August received the 2014 Postgraduate Award of the British Neuroscience Association for the best thesis in neuroscience. She carried out her studies under the supervision of Profs. Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi and wrote up her results in the thesis: “The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus”. President-elect Prof. John Aggleton, FRS handed her the certificate in the Christmas Symposium of the BNA on the 15th of Dec. 2014.
Claire graduated from the University of Bristol, UK with a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience in 2006. As part of her undergraduate degree she spent a year working in Singapore at GSK's Centre for Research in Cognitive and Neurodegenerative Disorders developing preclinical models to evaluate cognitive enhancing compounds. Her interest in learning and memory continued into her PhD where she studied neurone ensembles during behaviour at the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity.
We are pleased to welcome back Timea Szabadi to the Unit. She has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s group for a short stay. During her time in the Unit she will explore signaling 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 has just graduated as an MD from University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Targu Mure, Romania and from September she will join Professor Zoltan Nusser’s lab as a PhD student. www.koki.hu.