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.
Under the supervision of Juan Mena-Segovia, and in collaboration with Todor Gerdjikov, Claire joins the basal ganglia group to study the cholinergic modulation of the basal ganglia during reward using optogenetics.
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.
We are pleased to welcome Mr Nandor Nemes to the Unit. Nandor has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s group for a short visit as a gap year trainee from Bristol, and during his time he will learn concepts of brain organisation and participates in the analysis of neuronal circuits in the hippocampus using microscopic methods. He plans to study Neuroscience at Glasgow University.
We are pleased to welcome Eszter Kormann to the Unit. Eszter has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s lab on a short term appointment as a Research Technician. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a Psychology BA in 2013.
She has gained teaching experience and has worked as an assistant lecturer and research assistant at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her projects involved psychophysiological tests on human subject, EEG and ECG analyses.
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).