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  • Richard Adams Dr Richard Adams
    My group is interested in the mechanisms of morphogenesis that shape the early central nervous system. Using zebrafish as a developmental model, we image the movements of many hundreds of cells using time-lapse micoscopy. Applying methods of image...
  • Laith Alexander Mr Laith Alexander
    My research focuses on the neurobiology of emotion and emotional regulation. In particular, I am interested in how prefrontal cortical regions (area 25 and 32) subserve the regulation of emotional states. Using sophisticated techniques in behaviou...
  • Dr Xana Almeida
    During neural development the proper number of each specific cell type must be generated at the correct time and place. Thus, a precise balance between cell division, cell survival, cell cycle exit and differentiation must be achieved. However, th...
  • Juliet Aungier
    Research in the Morton lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and on developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurones in injured or degenerating brain, particularly in Huntington's disease (HD). ...
  • Afnan Azizi
    Light sheet microscopy of whole zebrafish retina to study differentiation dynamics of retinal progenitor cells. Clonal density culture of retinal progenitor cells to investigate factors contributing to cell-autonomous, stochastic differentiation d...
  • Raymundo Baez Mendoza Mr Raymundo Baez Mendoza
    My research interest is in reward neurophysiology.
  • Professor Clare Baker
    We are investigating a broad range of questions relating to the development of neurogenic placodes and the neural crest, two embryonic cell populations in vertebrates that together build the entire peripheral nervous system. Current projects inclu...
  • Horace Barlow Horace Barlow
    My aim has been to understand the visual system at the level of its neurons and their interactions, because I think this is the level that holds the key to a quantitative understanding of the useful work our brains do for us. For tasks requiring ...
  • Sophia Borgeest Gesa Sophia Borgeest
    I'm a PhD student working with Dr Rogier Kievit in the executive processes group at the MRC CBU. I use psychometric techniques in large-sample, multimodal, longitudinal datasets to address how the human brain ages. Specifically, I am investigating...
  • Andrea Brand Professor Andrea Brand FRS FMedSci
    Uncovering the molecular mechanisms that control neural stem quiescence and reactivation is crucial for understanding tissue regeneration under normal and pathological conditions and in response to ageing. It is critical to learn not only how stem...
  • Dennis Bray Dr Dennis Bray
    How do bacteria find distant sources of food, and avoid noxious and potentially damaging environments? We seek answers to these questions by developing computer simulations of swimming bacteria exposed to gradients of different substances. Our pro...
  • Sarah Bray Professor Sarah Bray
    We are interested in understanding the signalling pathways that co-ordinate the decisions made by cells during development. The ultimate fate of a cell is dictated in part by its heredity and in part through interactions with neighbouring cells. O...
  • Dr Clare Buckley
    The vertebrate brain arises from a tube-like structure made from polarised neuroepithelial cells. These have a strict apico-basal orientation; they align their apical ends along a centrally located lumen. This organisation is important for later n...
  • Mr James Butler
    Recent studies have established dysfunctional evoked and induced gamma (40 Hz) oscillations as well as changes in parvalbumin (PV) interneurons in the brains of schizophrenic patients (Uhlhaas & Singer, 2010). I will express the optogenetic silenc...
  • Miss Elizabeth Byrne
    My research focuses on working memory training combined with transcranial electrical stimulation (tES).
  • Dr Roberta Cagnetta
    The cue-induced axonal nascent proteome and its translational control mechanisms in neural wiring.
  • Emma Cahill Dr Emma Cahill
    My immediate objective is to develop my research in neuronal signalling complexes and apply what I find to unanswered fundamental questions related to memory and adaptive behaviour. In my research, I address the signalling requirements of memories...
  • Dr Emily Camm
    My research involves investigating the effects of adverse prenatal conditions, such as hypoxia and obesity, on the structure and function of the brain and placenta. My work offers insight to the potential mechanisms that may underlie the programmi...
  • Ms Wei-Yan Chow
    Investigating the migration of amacrine cells in the developing zebrafish retina
  • Dr Hannah Clarke
    Understanding the neural and neurochemical basis of behaviours mediated by the prefrontal cortex and their relevance to psychiatric disorders.
  • Mrs Gemma Cockcroft
    Research Assistant in a unit that studies various forms of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience
  • William Colledge Professor William Colledge
    My research group is interested in the neuroendocrine regulation of mammalian fertility using transgenic mice as a model system. Puberty and the regulation of mammalian fertility is controlled by hormonal signalling within the hypothalamus. My re...
  • Geoffrey Cook Dr Geoffrey Cook
    My research concerns the mechanisms controlling axon growth. In the laboratory we are investigating two axon-repulsive systems, 1) the characterization of somite glycoproteins that repel axons, creating the segmented pattern of spinal nerves durin...
  • Andrew Crawford Professor Andrew Crawford
    I am interested in biophysics and physiology of the vertebrate inner ear , especially the cochlea. My research has focussed on the electrophysiology of cochlear hair cells with a view to understanding how they manage to respond to nanometre dis...
  • Kelly  Diederen Dr Kelly Diederen
    My current research focuses on reward learning in healthy individuals and how errors in this system might be related to delusional belief formation.
  • Mr Richard Digby BA
    Under the supervision of Professor Paulsen, my research currently involves the study of Up-sates, a slow oscillation seen in cortical networks. I am investigating the receptor currents that contribute to the maintenance of this activity, and also ...
  • Dr Andrea Dimitracopoulos
    After training as a Biomedical Engineer at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Andrea started his PhD in Theoretical Physics and Cell Biology at University College London, on the CoMPLEX programme. Under the supervision of Buzz Baum,...
  • Steve Edgley Dr Steve Edgley
    I’m interested in how movements are controlled. Our everyday movements are performed with little conscious thought and are remarkably precise. Despite what the textbooks tell you, the way in which this is accomplished is poorly understood. I work ...
  • MOHAMADY EL-GABY Mr MOHAMADY EL-GABY
    Long-term potentiation (LTP) of synaptic transmission is the most prominent cellular model for mediating network changes involved in memory storage. Our lab has recently made use of optogenetic approaches to demonstrate that Schaffer collateral in...
  • Kristian Franze Dr Kristian Franze
    We are taking an interdisciplinary approach to investigate how cellular forces, local cell and tissue compliance and cellular mechanosensitivity contribute to CNS development and disease. Methods we are exploiting include atomic force microscopy, ...
  • Dr Elisa Galliano
    The ability of nerve cells to plastically modify themselves is one of the characteristics that make the brain millions of times more powerful and capable of learning than any supercomputer. I am particularly interested in the ways in which, during...
  • Philip Gaskin Dr Philip Gaskin
    I aim to fractionate specific roles of subdivisions of the vmPFC, and their cortico-cortical and cortico-subcortical interactions, with regards to the regulation of positive and negative emotion.
  • Dino Giussani Professor Dino Giussani
    We have intertwined our interests in oxygen and the development of the central nervous and cardiovascular systems to propose that oxidative stress underlies the common molecular pathway via which prenatal hypoxia contributes to a developmental ori...
  • Paloma T Gonzalez-Bellido Dr Paloma T Gonzalez-Bellido
    Given a set of environmental conditions and behavioral limitations, what is the optimal neural strategy and performance for a certain visual task? What adaptations are crucial for it? Are such adaptations widely spread across distantly related sp...
  • Fabian Grabenhorst Dr Fabian Grabenhorst
    Our research focuses on the neural mechanisms of reward, decision-making and social cognition. In particular, we study the functions of neurons in the amygdala, a key component of the brain's reward system that is implicated in such diverse condit...
  • Roger Hardie Professor Roger Hardie
    Phototransduction, TRP channels and Calcium signalling in Drosophila Phototransduction in the fruitfly Drosophila is an important model for G-protein coupled signalling and fascinating in its own right. We study the underlying cellular and molecu...
  • William Harris Professor William Harris
    Where does the nervous system come from in the embryo? How does it grow to the right size and shape? How do stem cells turn into more committed neuronal progenitors and how do these cells know when to leave the cycle and differentiate into neural ...
  • Christine Holt Professor Christine Holt FMedSci FRS
    My laboratory studies how nerve connections are first established in the brain. We focus on the developing visual system and our main goal is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of axon guidance that enable axons to navigate from t...
  • Fei-Yang HUANG M.D.
    My research focuses on neuroeconomics and decision neurophysiology. We associate neural signals with decision behaviour to elucidate how decisions are made in various context-dependent environment. We design behavioural tasks based on ...
  • Mr Przemyslaw Jarzebowski
    I look at the development of cortical cultures and use a comparative approach to quantitatively characterise differences in neural activity between healthy and diseased cultures. In my research project I study activity in a culture with a mutation...
  • Susan Jones Dr Susan Jones
    The primary focus of our research is the function of AMPA and NMDA glutamate receptors at excitatory synapses in the brain. We study the properties of glutamate receptors, glutamatergic synaptic transmission, and synaptic plasticity. We are intere...
  • Kristjan Kalm Dr Kristjan Kalm
    My research interests lie broadly in the models short term memory and learning. I am particularly interested in the representation and learning of sequential information and I use fMRI and computational modelling to study these processes. In addit...
  • Roger Keynes Professor Roger Keynes
    Growth cone repulsion is an important mechanism controlling axon growth. During development it guides axons by excluding them from repulsive regions of the embryo. Following injury to the adult brain it may also block axon regeneration, with major...
  • Mr Marino Krstulovic
    I am working on developing electrophysiological methods in large animal models of Huntington's disease. My primary methods of interest are EEG and Single Cell Recordings.
  • Dr Julie Qiaojin Lin
    Neurons connect to their remote targets via axons, which usually survive for the lifetime of an organism. Spatiotemporal regulation of the axonal proteome by local protein synthesis plays a critical role in neuronal wiring and axon survival, raisi...
  • Omar Mahroo Dr Omar Mahroo MA, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCOphth, FHEA
    In conjunction with Trevor Lamb FRS (now at the Australian National University), I am investigating aspects of retinal function by recording the electroretinogram (ERG) from human subjects, particularly during recovery following exposure to intens...
  • Matthew Mason Dr Matthew Mason
    I investigate the function and evolution of the middle ear apparatus in vertebrates. Comparative anatomy is backed up with more recent techniques, such as micro-CT and laser interferometry, in order to visualise the middle ear structures and exami...
  • Hugh Matthews Dr Hugh Matthews
    Phototransduction and olfactory transduction. Calcium homeostasis in vertebrate photoreceptors and olfactory receptors, and its role in modulating their electrical responses to stimulation. Light-induced calcium release within the photoreceptor ou...
  • Sebastian McBride Dr Sebastian McBride
    I am exploring cognitive ability in sheep as a precursor for developing and validating cognitive and emotional markers for early onset Huntingtons Disease in the ovine model. I am particularly interested in behavioural anomalies reflecting altere...
  • Susanna Mierau Dr Susanna Mierau
    NMDA Receptors in Development, Plasticity and Disease NMDA receptors play a critical role in many forms of synaptic plasticity and have been implicated in multiple genetic forms of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. My project combi...
  • Emad Moeendarbary Dr Emad Moeendarbary
    I am a mechanical engineer with a strong interest in the experimental and ‎theoretical/computational study of biological systems. Presently, I am working at the ‎interface of engineering and neuroscience to explore mechanics of neurons ‎in the cen...
  • Miss Emily Mort BSc MRes
    The field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease has shown that in utero environment can have long lasting consequences for offsrping health. More recent work has shown that maternal obesity can cause changes to the neurodevelopment of off...
  • Professor Jenny Morton
    Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and on developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurones in injured or degenerating brain, particularly in Huntington's disease. We are also interes...
  • David Parker Dr David Parker
    We examine cellular and synaptic properties in neuronal networks using the lamprey spinal cord locomotor network as a model system. While this network is claimed, and often cited, as being characterised, there are actually significant gaps in our ...
  • Roy Patterson Dr Roy Patterson
    We have developed a computational model of the auditory signal processing that transforms a sound wave into the auditory image you hear in response to that sound wave. We investigate how the cochlea and neural centres in the auditory pathway proce...
  • Ole Paulsen Professor Ole Paulsen
    The primary interest of my group is the relationship between network oscillations and synaptic plasticity. Network oscillations naturally organise spike timing conducive to spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), a strong candidate for a mechani...
  • Miss Sandra Pietsch
    I joined Professor Morton's research group in 2011. Research in the lab aims to understand the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and abnormal behaviour in Huntington's disease (HD). I'm focusing on the role of synaptic modulators (specifical...
  • Eva Pillai
    Neurons extend axons across long distances, growing along highly specific 'tracks' to reach their synaptic target in the brain. Most studies of this process have focused on how chemical molecules guide axon navigation accurately. Our lab has shown...
  • Mr Shaun Kit Lung Quah
    Trait anxiety is the enduring disposition of feeling stress, worry, and discomfort and has been proposed to confer an increased vulnerability to developing anxiety disorders. The study of the neural mechanisms underlying trait anxiety is necessary...
  • Dr Mansoor Raza
    Growth cone repulsion during development and adult CNS failure to regenerate after injury. The use of viral vectors for transgene expression in the nervous system to promote axonal regeneration.
  • Angela Roberts Professor Angela Roberts FMedSci
    I am interested in the brain networks underlying cognitive and emotional behaviour. In particular, my research focuses on the executive control functions of the prefrontal cortex and related brain structures, including the basal ganglia and the am...
  • Hugh Robinson Dr Hugh Robinson
    We study synaptic integration in mammalian cortical neurons - encoding of synaptic inputs into patterns of action potentials, or spikes. We are currently interested in - development of advanced electrical stimulation techniques (conductan...
  • John Rogers Dr John Rogers
    Approaches to gene therapy to promote axon regeneration. Specifically: expression of enzymes which can destroy axon-inhibitory proteoglycans, and the use of viral vectors which can express them in injured neurons.
  • Andrea Santangelo Dr Andrea Santangelo M
    My work focuses on gene variation associated to emotional and cognitive behaviour. In particular, I study polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene that are linked to vulnerability to early-life stress and the development of affective disord...
  • Wolfram Schultz Professor Wolfram Schultz
    Our group is interested to relate the mechanics of brain activity to measurable behaviour. We combine neurophysiological, imaging and behavioural techniques to investigate the neural correlates of goal-directed. We are interested in outcome value ...
  • Christof Schwiening Dr Christof Schwiening
    Electrical activity of neurones is associated with calcium influx through various channels. Most neurones extrude this calcium very rapidly on the plasma-membrane calcium pump (PMCA). Our research shows that this extrusion occurs in exchange for h...
  • Dr Yoshiro Shiba
    I am investigating neural mechanisms underlying anxiety and fear, especially in terms of physiological, behavioural and neurobiological risk factors or traits for development of anxiety disorders.
  • Yoshiro Shiba Yoshiro Shiba
    Anxiety and fear are adaptive responses against a potential/imminent threat. These consist of changes in physiological (heart rate, blood pressure, endocrine responses etc.), cognitive (attention, vigilance etc.) and behavioural (flight, freeze, f...
  • Dr Toshiaki Shigeoka
    RNA transport and local translation play key roles in the formation and function of neural network. Recent in vitro studies provide evidence that the local translation in axon is critical for the axon pathfinding during development. However, becau...
  • Dr William Stauffer
    I am interested in the neuronal computations and value representations underlying economic choice. Dopamine neurons encode reward prediction errors. My current research investigates how this well known teaching signal supports decision making.
  • Roger Thomas Professor Roger Thomas
    Intracellular ion homeostasis in nerve cells. I use pH and Ca2+ sensitive microelectrodes to study ionic interactions inside large snail neurones. I am currently investigating the Ca:H coupling ratio of the plasma membrane Ca pump, or PMCA.
  • Ms Amelia Joy Thompson
    I am interested in how the physical environment of growing neurons shapes the development of the embryonic nervous system. My PhD focusses on the role of tissue stiffness as an in vivo axon guidance cue, using the Xenopus laevis embryo as a model ...
  • David Tolhurst Dr David Tolhurst
    Visual coding of natural scenes. Information coding in the visual cortex studied by single unit recording, computational models and psychophysical discrimination by human observers. Visual deficits in developmental or acquired visual abnormality.
  • Benita Turner-Bridger Miss Benita Turner-Bridger
    Targeted mRNA trafficking in pathfinding axons.
  • Vasja Urbančič Vasja Urbančič
    The growth cones of developing axons are guided on their journey through the developing nervous system by guidance cues that instruct their progression along a precise pathway towards their target area. The responses of growth cones to many of the...
  • Ms Vaka Valsdottir
    I am currently working on a project that will use EEG recordings to examine the effect of speaker gaze on infants' statistical language learning.
  • Charlotte van Coeverden Charlotte van Coeverden MSc
    I am interested in how rewards are coded in the brain and how this reflects on social behaviour.
  • Szilvia Vas Dr Szilvia Vas
    My research interest focuses on the regulation of sleep-wake architecture and brain oscillation in different behavioural states. I joined Professor Jenny Morton's research group in 2015 to study the alterations of sleep-wake pattern and EEG spec...
  • Martin Vestergaard Dr Martin Vestergaard
    I investigate theoretical and functional relationships among cognitive and economic constructs of decision psychology and communication. I use psychophysical experimentation, computational models and brain imaging techniques to identify behavioura...
  • Dr Octavian Voiculescu
    Main interest in the principles of building and shaping the central nervous system in higher vertebrates, and the relationship between morphogenesis and patterning of embryo.
  • Trevor Wardill Dr Trevor Wardill
    I am a sensory neurobiologist. I investigate evolution of dynamic cephalopod iridescence and colour vision in flies, how they evolved, how they function and what purpose they serve in the ecology of the animal. In particular, I am interested in un...
  • Dr Ian Winter
    Primitive neural mechanisms of auditory scene analysis. My research searches for neurophysiological correlates of the cues necessary for the segregation and fusion of auditory objects. This work is carried out in close collaboration with psychop...
  • Hovy Wong Dr Hovy Wong
    The role of local translation in axonal branching and synaptogenesis in vivo
  • Dr Nigel Wood
    Our research in the Morton lab is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and on developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurones in injured or degenerating brain, particularly in Huntington's disease (H...
  • Dr Peter Wooding
    Correlation between placental structure and function using light and electron microscopy for structure and immunocytochemistry and in situ hybridisation for function. The focus is mainly on ruminants but includes comparative studies on a wide vari...
  • Mr Yu ZHANG
    STDP in thalamo-cortical and cortico-cortical connections. Calcium imaging and Membrane potential imaging
  • Buyun Zhao Buyun Zhao
    The ultimate function of the nervous system is to facilitate survival. To accomplish this task in a dynamically changing environment, the animal's behavioural strategies must alter accordingly given its context. One of the fundamental basis of thi...

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