Maggy Yu Hei Lau

University position

MPhil student
Supervised by Dr. Elisa Galliano and Dr. Susan Jones


Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


Research Theme

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


I am interested in dopaminergic heterogeneity in the mammalian brain. Dopaminergic neurons in various brain areas differ in their physiology, connectivity, morphology and gene expression. I am currently working on a project co-supervised by Dr. Sue Jones and Dr. Elisa Galliano in dopaminergic heterogeneity in the mid-brain (Substantia Nigra pars compacta and the Ventral Tegmental Area) and in the olfactory bulb. The project utilizes whole-cell patch clamping experiments with targeted pharmacology to investigate the physiology of the above groups of dopaminergic neurons, and immunohistochemistry for visualizing their morphology.

Research Focus


dopamine neurons

dopaminergic heterogeneity

substantia nigra

ventral tegmental area

olfactory bulb

Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Confocal microscopy

Electrophysiological recording techniques


Intracellular recording

Whole cell patch clamp


No collaborators listed

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