We are pleased to welcome Dr. Todor Gerdjikov from Leicester University for a sabbatical leave in the Unit. In collaboration with Dr Juan Mena-Segovia, Dr. Gerdjikov will develop a project aiming to identify the functional connectivity between cholinergic and dopaminergic structures during behavioural tasks.
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.
Dr. Miguel Valencia has returned to the Unit to continue an on-going collaboration with Dr. Juan Mena-Segovia on the interaction between the cortex and subcortical structures across brain states and during chronic dopamine depletion. Miguel is a staff scientist at the Centre for Applied Medical Research (http://www.cima.es/areas/neurosciences), from the University of Navarra, Spain, where he works on the interaction of basal ganglia structures during health and disease.
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.
- newsDr Albert Souza graduated from the State University of Londrina, Brazil (1988). He obtained his Master's (2000) and PhD degree (2004) in Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil where he studied the putative role of neuronal nitric oxide (nNOS) on neurodegeneration/regeneration following injury. Albert is a Lecturer from Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS/Brazil) and joined the Bolam lab in 2012 as an Academic Visitor for 12 months, supported by UFMS and People Marie Curie Actions: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme.
We are pleased to welcome Miss Husniye Hacioglu Bay to the Unit as a Visiting Student. Husniye is currently studying for her PhD at the Neuroscience Programme of Marmara University, Turkey. She joins the Unit to receive advanced training and pursue her anatomical projects, as part of a collaboration between Prof. Umit Sehirli and Unit scientists Dr. Juan Mena-Segovia and Prof. Paul Bolam.