We are pleased to welcome Minas Salib to the Unit as a Visiting Student under the supervision of Prof Peter Somogyi and Dr Tim Viney.
He is currently completing a master’s degree in interdisciplinary neuroscience at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. He gained his Bachelor’s thesis in 2013 under the supervision of Dr Ingrid Ehrlich at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research in Tübingen. During his time in the Somogyi lab he will undertake a Master’s thesis project entitled: “Firing patterns and postsynaptic cortical targets of medial septal neurons recorded and labelled in behaving mice”.
Ms Maysa Falah has joined the Lamsa laboratory as a research student. Maysa graduated from the University of Science and Technology in Jordan and received her MSc degree in the Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford under supervision of Professor Trevor Sharp. During her Master’s Maysa studied mechanisms of depression in Parkinson ’s disease. In her thesis, Maysa investigates excitatoxic role of NMDAR hyperfunction in human hippocampal sclerosis.
We are very pleased to welcome Abhilasha Joshi to the Unit for a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford and registered at Brasenose College. She has joined Professor Somogyi’s laboratory and her co-supervisor is Dr David Dupret. Her research project “Behaviour and neuronal network state-dependent activity of identified neurons in the temporal cortex of the brain”. Abhilasha was awarded the Felix Scholarship, which is primarily aimed at Indian graduate students to help them to achieve their potential by coming to the U.K.
Unit Programme Leader David Dupret, Investigator Scientist Tim Viney, D.Phil. Students Abhilasha Joshi and Eszter Korman, and Visiting Students Alison Comrie and Minas Salib, all enthusiastically served on the MRC stand at the Oxfordshire Science Festival held in Oxford's Bonn Square on Saturday 7th March 2015. The Unit crew was joined by many other MRC-funded staff and students from MRC Harwell. This year, the Unit team led several interactive displays with a special emphasis on brain plasticity, dementia and memory disorders.
We welcome Anne Petzold for an internship in the Unit. Under the supervision of Dr Juan Mena-Segovia, Anne will learn electrophysiological and anatomical techniques, and develop the basis for a project to characterise the interaction between brainstem and midbrain neuromodulatory systems during reward-seeking behaviour.
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).