Steven Cuell graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. He has worked for two years as a research assistant with Dr Murray Horne and Prof John Pearce FRS, predominantly examining the extent to which mechanisms of associative learning explain spatial learning in rats, mice and pigeons. After graduating, Steve moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof David Bannerman in the Department of Experimental Psychology, before commencing an MSc in Neuroscience, funded by a Wellcome Trust 4-year scholarship. As part of this course, he has spent four months working with Dr Jill O'Reilly at fMRIB.
Steve has joined the unit for five months as a member of Dr David Dupret's group, where he will be investigating hippocampal network activity during a spatial learning task in mice.
Colin McNamara graduated from the University of Limerick in 2006 with a BEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering. After graduation he worked as a hardware and software development engineer for the high performance signal processing integrated circuit company Analog Devices. In 2011 he completed an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. This included two research projects. The first project investigated dendritic spine morphology in organotypic slice cultures of rat hippocampi (Dr Nigel Emptage's group, Department of Pharmacology).
After graduating in Econometrics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2008, Gido van de Ven completed an MA in Statistics at UC Berkeley in 2011. In Berkeley and Rotterdam, he focused on time series analysis, machine learning and, in particular, the estimation of causal interactions between brain regions from functional MRI data. In 2011 Gido moved to the University of Oxford commencing an MSc in Neuroscience.
We are pleased to welcome Michael Crump as a visiting student to Professor Somogyi's lab. Michael has just graduated from University of Leeds where he did BSc Neuroscience and spent his industrial placement year working in the laboratory of Dr Steven Younkin at the Mayo Clinic Florida (http://www.mayoclinic.org/jacksonville/). He will become a Probationary Research Student studying towards a DPhil from October 2010 and explore septo-hippocampal relationships under the joint supervision of Peter Somogyi and Damien Lapray.
We are pleased to welcome Eszter Kormann to the Unit. Eszter has joined Professor Peter Somogyi’s lab on a short term appointment as a Research Technician. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a Psychology BA in 2013.
She has gained teaching experience and has worked as an assistant lecturer and research assistant at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her projects involved psychophysiological tests on human subject, EEG and ECG analyses.