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.
Emilie graduated from King’s College London in 2001 with a B.Sc. in Pharmacology. She has a long-standing interest in the basal ganglia since she undertook her first research project in Prof. Peter Jenner’s Neurodegeneration Research Group, studying the morphological changes in dopaminergic terminals in striatum in Parkinson’s disease. In 2004, she obtained her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences in Prof. Andreas Engel’s Research Unit at Hamburg University, where she studied functional connectivity between sensory areas of cortex, striatum and thalamus. Emilie joins us now from the Université Bordeaux 2 where she worked on the pathophysiological role of oscillatory activity in the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s disease with Dr. Abdelhamid Benazzouz and Dr. Thomas Boraud.
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.
Unit student Linda Katona who had her viva in August received the 2014 Postgraduate Award of the British Neuroscience Association for the best thesis in neuroscience. She carried out her studies under the supervision of Profs. Thomas Klausberger and Peter Somogyi and wrote up her results in the thesis: “The role of cell-type selective synaptic connections in rhythmic neuronal network activity in the hippocampus”. President-elect Prof. John Aggleton, FRS handed her the certificate in the Christmas Symposium of the BNA on the 15th of Dec. 2014.
Cristina Martínez González has successfully defended her D.Phil. thesis entitled: "Topographical organisation of non-cholinergic neurons in the pedunculopontine nucleus" on the 19th of March 2012 (only minor corrections have been requested by the examiners).
Silvia Willadt has joined Marco Capogna's lab supported by a NENS (Network of European Neuroscience Schools) stipend for Training Stay and by an International Junior Research Grant from the Physiological Society, UK. The aim of her stay is to learn to identify and record selective interneurons of the hippocampus in vitro to detect GABAergic signals in dendrites of pyramidal cells by using voltage imaging. Silvia, who originally is from Freiburg, Germany, is a PhD student of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland, under the supervision of Dr. Marco Canepari and Prof.