Michaël Bazelot started his Neurophysiology studies in the University of Toulouse at the Center for Animal Cognition (CRCA). He characterized the GABAergic transmission in honeybee antennal lobe cells culture with patch clamp recordings. He then did his PhD at the Cortex and Epilepsy INSERM Unit directed by Dr. Richard Miles in Paris. He studied the origin of spontaneous and single cell induced local field potentials in the CA3 region of rats and mice hippocampus in vitro. Recordings obtained with multi-electrodes arrays allowed him to identify the specific inhibitory field potentials elicited by interneurons targeting different part of the CA3 pyramidal cell.
Michaël joins the group of Dr. Marco Capogna as a post-doc supported by the Wellcome Trust. He will be studying the contribution of hippocampal inputs onto the functions of specific GABAergic cells of rodent amygdala.
Colin McNamara graduated from the University of Limerick in 2006 with a BEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering. After graduation he worked as a hardware and software development engineer for the high performance signal processing integrated circuit company Analog Devices. In 2011 he completed an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. This included two research projects. The first project investigated dendritic spine morphology in organotypic slice cultures of rat hippocampi (Dr Nigel Emptage's group, Department of Pharmacology).
Thomas Bienvenu successfully defended (only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners) his D.Phil. thesis entitled: "Functional specialisation of GABAergic cells in the basolateral amygdala" on the 18th of August 2011. Thomas was supervised by Dr. Marco Capogna. His internal examiner was Dr. Colin Akerman, and his external examiner was Prof. Andreas Luthi from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland.
Dr. Stéphanie Trouche joins the Unit as an MRC Investigator Scientist. Stéphanie’s previous research has focused on the neural circuits underlying memory processes and has employed system-neuroscience approach combining behavioural, neuroanatomical and imaging tools. In September 2009, Stéphanie obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Toulouse, France, where she examined the contribution of new hippocampal neurons to spatial memory processes.
Gengyu Li successfully defended his doctoral thesis, entitled "Firing of hippocampal neurogliaform cells induces suppression of synaptic inhibition" in his viva voce examination on 12th September 2014. Only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners.
Gengyu's examiners were Dr. Alberto Bacci, ICM Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere CNRS/INSERM Paris, and Dr. Colin J. Akerman, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Oxford.
Jonathan Moss successfully defended his thesis on the 5th February 2010. Jonathan was supervised by Prof. Paul Bolam (on the left in the first photo). His internal examiner was Dr. Stephanie Cragg, and his external was Prof Anders Björklund (on the left in the second photo).