Since October 2014 I have been a DPhil student at Merton College, Oxford in the group of Dr. Simon Butt and co-supervised by Prof. Zoltán Molnár. The broad aim of my project is to better understand the role of spontaneous and sensory driven neural activity in the refinement of cortical circuits in the early postnatal life. More specifically, I am focussing on transient connections between pyramidal cells and interneurons that have been observed in the neonatal mouse neocortex. By using laser scanning photostimulation (LSPS) combined with acute in vitro patch clamp recordings I am able to observe these transient connections across sensory areas and with perturbations in sensory driven activity.
I grew up in Brisbane, Australia and completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Science (Hons I) at the University of Queensland, Australia. A semester of my course was completed at Heidelberg University, Germany. During my honours year I worked with Prof. Bruno van Swinderen at the Queensland Brain Institute to develop a closed loop paradigm to combine behavioural fixation and electrophysiology in walking honeybees.
I then moved to the UK where I completed a Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. During this year I worked in Dr. Jo Begbie’s and Dr. Simon Butt’s research groups.
Since October 2014 I have been a DPhil student with Dr. Simon Butt and Prof. Zoltán Molnár.