Megan is joining the Bolam Group as the Girdlers' New Zealand HRC Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research will focus on the analysis of populations of striatal interneurons, initially by electron microscopy.
Megan completed her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michelle Glass. Her research has centred around the endocannabinoid system in Huntington's disease, in both transgenic mice and post-mortem human tissue, to evaluate the putative pathological nature of changes occurring in this neuromodulatory system.
Welcome to Chad Johnson who is taking over from Ben Micklem as the Imaging Research Technician. Chad is originally from New Zealand where he completed his Masters degree at Massey University in Palmerston North studying genetic damage of nuclear weapons tests in navy veterans. He continued in genetics at Massey as a research technician/lab manager studying cell cycle and mitochondrial mutants of the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. For the past 3 years he has been an optical microscopy technician at Monash Micro Imaging (MMI) at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Artist Helen Pynor visited the Basal Ganglia Lab on the 23rd June. Helen's artworks often involve scientific concepts and she has a particular interest in biology. In her work Helen is interested in attempting to incorporate a holistic view of the body, considering the biological basis as well as cultural concept of self. Prior to her current profession as a fine artist (including completing her PhD at the University of Sydney), she had a brief career as a scientific researcher. This may have influenced her approach to her art practice, which is highly research-driven.
In a recent publication an interesting art-science collaboration is described. Do You Mind? paired early career neuroscientists with artists to develop cross-disciplinary dialogue, and innovative artworks. The project was initiated and co-curated by Bolam Group member Dr Megan Dowie before she joined the ANU.
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.
Anna received her B.Sc. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, where she studied the effects of galvanic stimulation on the vestibular system of Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Anna recently completed her MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford having worked on sensorimotor integration of speech and the thalamocortical engagement of interneurons in the developing mouse somatosensory cortex.