Bálint Lasztóczi graduated as a Biologist in 2000 at the Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest. As an undergraduate his main research interest was the function and the pharmacology of voltage-dependent calcium channels. Continuing in the Chemical Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest he studied the pathophysiological mechanism underlying high frequency oscillations and their role in the generation of epileptic activity in brain slices. After gaining his PhD in 2006 he was the Blaschko Visiting Research Fellow and a member of the Unit between 2007 and 2009 where he worked with Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi on the role of identified CA3 hippocampal interneurons in network oscillations. At present he is postdoc in Thomas Klausbergers group at the Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna. Zsolt Borhegyi started his scientific work in his undergraduate years in 1991 in Prof. Tamas Ferund's lab at Budapest, and his main focus during this period was the synaptic organisation of the hippocampal network and its subcortical connections. After his graduation as a biologist in 1995, he spent almost a year in Csaba Leranth's lab at Yale University, New Haven and later in 1998 a year in Gyuri Buzsaki's lab at Rutgers University, Newark. He defended his PhD thesis in 2001 on the connectiviy of the medial septum, supramammillary nucleus and the hippocampus. After a short time spent on the investigation of drug treatment resistent human hippocampal samples, he started juxtacellular recordings medal septal pacemaker cells and conductad a most detailed anatomical analysis of septal neurons. From October 2009 he joined Thomas Klausberger in Vienna and started to work on the function and connections of the prelimbic cortical area.
During their visit Bálint and Zsolt will collaborate with Damien Lapray and Katja Hartwich.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Daniel Swiejkowski to the Unit. Daniel has joined Thomas Klausberger's group as an MRC Career Development Fellow to examine temporal relationships between the medial septum, the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.
Daniel completed his Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Professor Andrzej Wróbel at the Laboratory of the Visual System, Nencki Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, and spent further two years as a member of Professor Paul Heggelund's research groupat the University of Oslo.
Lisa joined the Basal Ganglia Labs as Research Technician at the beginning of February 2013.
Lisa has many years of experience in different labs both in this University and in other universities across the UK. Her most recent position was at York University where she worked in the teaching laboratories. She also spent seven years working the Natural History Museum here in Oxford.
Lisa will run the Basal Ganglia labs and help in the processing of tissue for Programmes 6 & 7. She will also be providing support to Liz Norman.
We are pleased to welcome Michael Crump as a visiting student to Professor Somogyi's lab. Michael has just graduated from University of Leeds where he did BSc Neuroscience and spent his industrial placement year working in the laboratory of Dr Steven Younkin at the Mayo Clinic Florida (http://www.mayoclinic.org/jacksonville/). He will become a Probationary Research Student studying towards a DPhil from October 2010 and explore septo-hippocampal relationships under the joint supervision of Peter Somogyi and Damien Lapray.
Cristian joins the Bolam lab for about 3 months. He was born in Santiago de Chile. After the school, he studied aeronautic electronics in the Chilean Airforce Academy. In 1997 he left the airforce and worked in Lan Chile Airlines as an avionics specialist, team leader and supervisor. During this time his interest changed dramatically and in the 2004 began undergraduate studies in the University of Chile, in the Faculty of Science finishing my studies of Molecular Biotechnology Engineer in 2008.
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.