Mark is a current student on the MSc Neuroscience course, joining the Bolam group under the supervision of Dr Mena-Segovia for 3 months. His project aims to characterise the physiological effects of cholinergic transmission in the basal ganglia using juxtacellular recordings and neuroanatomical techniques. Mark received his BSc in Pharmacology from Newcastle University, where he studied the effects of early-life stress on gamma oscillations in the basolateral amygdala.
Steven Cuell graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. He has worked for two years as a research assistant with Dr Murray Horne and Prof John Pearce FRS, predominantly examining the extent to which mechanisms of associative learning explain spatial learning in rats, mice and pigeons. After graduating, Steve moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof David Bannerman in the Department of Experimental Psychology, before commencing an MSc in Neuroscience, funded by a Wellcome Trust 4-year scholarship.
Cristian joins the Bolam lab for about 3 months. He was born in Santiago de Chile. After the school, he studied aeronautic electronics in the Chilean Airforce Academy. In 1997 he left the airforce and worked in Lan Chile Airlines as an avionics specialist, team leader and supervisor. During this time his interest changed dramatically and in the 2004 began undergraduate studies in the University of Chile, in the Faculty of Science finishing my studies of Molecular Biotechnology Engineer in 2008.
Dr. Pablo Henny, a former postdoctoral scientist in Professor Paul Bolam’s Group, has returned to the Unit as a Visiting Scientist for 3 months. During his visit, Pablo will continue work on a project that he started back in the Unit, namely to characterize the axon initial segment of midbrain dopaminergic neurons using electron microscopy.
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.
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.