We are pleased to welcome Mr. Adam Tudor Jones to the Unit. Adam has joined the Magill Group as an MRC-funded D.Phil. student and will study the functional organization of the basal ganglia and related thalamocortical circuits using advanced electrophysiological and anatomical techniques. Adam has just successfully completed a M.Sc. in Neuroscience at University College London, where his research project focussed on presynaptic NMDA receptors in cells impinging on cortical interneurons in the primary visual cortex.
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.
Miss Alessia Manganaro has joined the group of Jozsef Csicsvari as an MRC-funded DPhil student.Alessia obtained her BSc in the University of Palermo and MSc in Neurosciences in the University of Florence.
Federica Vinciati has joined the Unit as a D.Phil. student, and will work in the group of Pete Magill. The overall aim of Federica's thesis research is to elucidate the cell-type-specific contributions of striatal neurons to abnormal network activity in Parkinsonism. Federica comes to us from the University of Trieste, where her past research was focussed on the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in humans to define the role of parietal cortex in the planning of reaching movements.
Anna received her B.Sc. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, where she studied the effects of galvanic stimulation on the vestibular system of Xenopus laevis tadpoles. Anna recently completed her MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford having worked on sensorimotor integration of speech and the thalamocortical engagement of interneurons in the developing mouse somatosensory cortex.
Sana Suri has joined the Unit to complete the second lab rotation of her M.Sc. in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Sana will work in the group of Pete Magill, with the broad aim of elucidating the dopamine dependence of activity in the external globus pallidus. Sana’s past work was focussed on the imaging of correlates of neuronal function in humans (and so, we must collectively help Sana to see how the brain really works!*).
*This is the biased personal opinion of an electrophysiologist, and does not represent the official view of the MRC or any of its stakeholders.