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.
Lisa holds a tenure-track position in Biophotonics at the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics at Université Laval. She graduated from the Odessa National University in the field of Human and Animal Physiology and received her PhD in the field of Neurobiology from the Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology (2000) in Ukraine. She then moved to Canada to pursue postdoctoral training, first, with the group of Dr. Mircea Steriade at Université Laval and, second, with Dr. Jean-Claude Lacaille at Université de Montréal. In 2007, she moved back to Université Laval and received the University Faculty Award for Women from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to develop her research program.