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.
Husniye graduated from the Biology Teaching Department of Marmara University in 2006. She achieved her two MSc degrees between 2006-2012 (Microbiology, in the Art and Science School, and Anatomy, in the School of Medicine). Husniye has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Anatomy Department since 2009. During this time, she has worked on projects focussed on epilepsy and the thalamus, together with Prof. Safiye Cavdar and Prof. Ray Guillery FRS, an Honorary Emeritus Research Fellow at the Unit.
We are pleased to welcome Jane Janson to the Unit.
Jane started her career at Nottingham University in 1990, working for the Cancer Studies Unit, and then spent 18 months working with Renasci, an organisation interested in type II diabetes. In 2006, she joined Prof. Sue Watson in a spin-out company from the University of Nottingham.
Jane joins Liz to help run the Unit's Central Services.
Unit student Linda Katona who had her viva in August received the 2014 Postgraduate Award of the British Neuroscience Association for the best thesis in neuroscience. She carried out her studies under the supervision of Profs. Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi and wrote up her results in the thesis: “The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus”. President-elect Prof. John Aggleton, FRS handed her the certificate in the Christmas Symposium of the BNA on the 15th of Dec. 2014.
Linda Katona successfully defended her doctoral thesis, entitled "The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus", in her viva voce examination on 13th August 2014. Only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners.
Her examiners were Prof. Kenneth Harris, Professor of Quantative Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, UCL and Dr. Simon Butt, Associate Professor in Neuroscience, Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford.
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.
Dr. Emilie Syed joins the Unit as a visiting scientist to advance a collaborative project between the Magill group and those of Prof. Peter Brown and Dr. Mark Walton at the University of Oxford. Emilie’s research in the Unit has the broad aim of defining how dopamine release dynamics correlate with striatal population activities during behaviour. To achieve this, Emilie is combining chronic electrophysiology and voltammetry techniques.