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People

  1. Principal Investigators
  2. Postdocs
  3. Graduate Students
  4. Visitors
  5. Past Members

Principal Investigators

Professor Tim Bussey
  • Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Fellow of Pembroke College
+44 (0)1223 333585
Professor Lisa Saksida, PhD
  • Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fellow of Newnham College
+44 (0)1223 765207

Postdocs

Dr Johan Alsio, PhD
  • My main research interest is the cognitive control over behaviour in health and disease. I am currently studying the neurobiological basis of cognitive flexibility in the intact brain and in preclinical models of schizophrenia.
Dr Chris Heath, PhD
  • I am interested in understanding how pathology-related molecular and cellular changes in defined neuronal circuits affect behaviour and cognition in Alzheimer's Disease.
Dr Martha Hvoslef-Eide, PhD
  • Working on the development and validation of a cognitive test battery for schizophrenia as part of the NEWMEDS project.
Dr Adam Mar, PhD
  • Working on the development and validation of a cognitive test battery for schizophrenia as part of the NEWMEDS project.
Dr Simon Nilsson, PhD
  • My general interest is in the neural mechanisms supporting the cognitive domains disrupted in schizophrenia. I am currently studying the role of copy number variations, and the extent to which chromosomal microdeletions may contribute to cognitive impairments relevant to schizophrenia.
Dr Charlotte Oomen, PhD
  • I am very interested in how learning and memory processes change in conditions of psychopathology such as schizophrenia and stress. My research focusses on the neurobiology and anatomy underlying paired associate learning (PAL), and spatial working memory and pattern separation (TUNL) in the touchscreen operant chamber.

Graduate Students

Brianne Kent
  • The role of plasticity-related mechanisms in the perirhinal cortex and hippocampus during pattern separation.
Dr Chi Hun Kim, MD
  • Screening and translation of novel therapeutics from the bench to dementia patients using cognitive tasks optimised for use in both disease models and humans.

Visitors

Theda Fleisch
  • Visiting student from Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Oct 2012 - March 2013. I am studying the effects of putative cognitive enhancing drugs on the performance of normal control animals and models of Schizophrenia on recently developed cognitive tests using touchscreens.
Dr Alexa Horner, PhD
  • Cognitive characterisation of genetic models of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases which affect cognition, using a battery of touchscreen tests.
Simone Pfarr
  • Visiting student from Heidelberg University, Oct 2012 - Dec 2012. I am interested in how learning and memory processes change in conditions of psychopathology for example schizophrenia and stress. My research focuses on spatial working memory and pattern separation using the touchscreen operant chamber.
Friederike Preusser
  • Visiting student from Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf, Oct 2012 - March 2013. I am interested in learning and memory, especially when it comes to pathological conditions such as schizophrenia. I am working on unravelling the neuroanatomical underpinnings of spatial working memory and pattern separation.

Past Members

Dr Pedro Bekinschtein, PhD
  • I'm interested in the neurobiological mechanisms involved in pattern separation, the computational process by which the brain makes similar representations of events more dissimilar or less confusable. I use a combination of pharmacology, brain stainings and biochemical techniques with elegant behavioural paradigms to understand how pattern separation contributes to the different phases of memory processing.
Minee Choi
  • PhD student, co-supervised with Roger Barker. 2007-2012.
Daniel Kofink
  • Visiting MSc student from Utrecht University, September 2011 - May 2012.
Dr Louisa Lyon
  • Research Associate 2010-2012. Now at Nature.
Katie McAllister
  • PhD student 2008-2012. Development and validation of preclinical touchscreen tasks for the assessment of cognitive impairments present in schizophrenia. Now at The Boston Consulting Group (London Office).
Dr Jess Nithianantharajah
  • Research Associate 2008-2012; now at University of Edinburgh.