Sara graduated in Physics at the University of Barcelona, Spain, in 2009. Sara then stayed on at the University of Barcelona to complete her Masters degree in Biophysics (2010), during which she undertook her final research project in the Neurophysics Laboratory led by Dr. Jordi Soriano. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the same place, with Dr. Jordi Soriano as her thesis advisor. Her PhD project is focused on the characterization of activity dynamics and functional network connectivity within clustered neuronal cultures.
Sara joins the Unit for one month (5 May - 5 June) in order to learn new experimental techniques that she can apply to characterising the structural map of connections in her neuronal cultures, as a collaboration with Unit scientist Dr. Juan Mena-Segovia in the Bolam Group.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to welcome Lisa Topolnik as a short-term academic visitor to Professor Peter Somogyi’s lab. During her time in the lab she will collaborate with the group on the synaptic connections of hippocampal interneurons in the mouse. Dr Topolnik is an internationally recognised expert on synaptic pharmacology and plasticity and will also interact with Karri Lamsa.
Artist Helen Pynor visited the Basal Ganglia Lab on the 23rd June. Helen's artworks often involve scientific concepts and she has a particular interest in biology. In her work Helen is interested in attempting to incorporate a holistic view of the body, considering the biological basis as well as cultural concept of self. Prior to her current profession as a fine artist (including completing her PhD at the University of Sydney), she had a brief career as a scientific researcher. This may have influenced her approach to her art practice, which is highly research-driven.