Ruth has joined Jeff McIlhinney's lab as an MRC-funded DPhil student. Ruth holds a BSc in Neuroscience from UCL, where she carried out her final year dissertation at the Institute of Neurology, concentrating on the role of microglial activation in neuroinflammatory disease. Last year Ruth successfully completed the MSc in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, where she initially joined Jeff's lab in order to carry out her thesis on the expression and distribution of Copine-6 in brain during development. Ruth will continue studying the Copine proteins during her DPhil, focussing on their function and distribution in brain.
Ruth Faram, of Jeff McIlhinney's group, delivered a short presentation of her results, entitled 'The Curious Case of Copine -6', part of the transfer process from Probationary Research Student to DPhil status.
Jeff McIlhinney and Ruth Faram went to this year’s FENS conference in Barcelona. With over 7,000 people in attendance, the conference was a showcase for current research, ideas and discussion, spanning the entire field of neuroscience.
Mr Viktor Kis has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s laboratory for a month long visit to collaborate with Dr. Ruth Faram, who just completed her DPhil with Dr. Jeff McIlhinney on the Copine-6 enriched interneurons of the forebrain.
Vikor has recently completed a Masters degree at the Department of Anatomy, Cell- and Developmental Biology Eötvös Loránd University of Science, Budapest, and is in the final stages of preparing his PhD thesis. He gave a seminar earlier in the Unit on the structure of the Drosophila brain.
Our Congratulations go to Ruth, who successfully defended her thesis entitled “A Molecular, Anatomical and Developmental Account of Copine -6 Protein Expression in the Rodent Brain” yesterday. Her examiners were Dr Nicoletta Tekki-Kessaris (Reader in Developmental Neuroscience, UCL) and Prof Zoltan Molnar (Prof. of Developmental Neuroscience, University of Oxford). Ruth is pictured outside the Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit with her examiners, her supervisor Jeff McIlhinney and the Unit Director Prof Peter Somogyi.
Maria joins the Bolam lab to study for her DPhil. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BMedSc in Medical Neuroscience. Her final year project focussed on gamma oscillations in a mouse model of mental retardation.