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PhD students

PhD students helping out on Brain Awareness Day
PhD students helping out on Brain Awareness Day

PhD students at the Brain Health Research Centre are investigating a wide variety of topics, from computer modeling of synaptic plasticity in the brain, to looking for biomarkers in blood that could predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The BHRC is always looking for enthusiastic and capable PhD students.

Prospective students should contact individual academics to enquire about PhD research in that lab or area.

Current projects by PhD students

To give an idea of the scope of research going on at the BHRC, here are the current projects by some of our PhD students:

Nadia Adotevi Anatomy

TARP deficits in Neurological Disorders

Hanisah Azhari Pharmacy

Can Nanoparticles cross the blood-brain barrier?

Hannah Best Biochemistry

Developing gene correction strategies for the treatment of Batten Disease

Kathrine Bjerregaard Physiology

A protective role for exercise against age related myofibre death and atrophy

Stella Cameron Anatomy

Pathophysiology of the cerebellothalamic pathway in a chronic Parkinson’s disease model

Jody Cicolini Anatomy

The urea cycle in Alzheimer's disease

Alison Clare Biochemistry

Identifying a role for a developmental transcription factor in the maintenance of mature neuronal identity, in vivo

Megan Elder Anatomy

Understanding neuroprotection: determining the role of sAPPα in protein synthesis and clearance

Thom Elston Psychology

Brain Rhythms and Cognition: the search for neural syntax.

Roanne Hurley Psychology

Enhancing cognitive performance using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

Martin Le Nedelec Psychological Medicine

The optimisation of ketamine as a rapid-acting antidepressant

Jessica Millar Psychology

The developmental trajectory of schizophrenia using the maternal immune activation model

Stephanie Mercer Psychology

Enhancement of autophagy as a potential therapeutic intervention for Alzheimer's disease

Jodi Morrissey Biochemistry

The impact of neuroprotective peptides on symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Blake Porter Psychology

Fighting for control: The neural mechanisms of decision making and self-control

Brigid Ryan Anatomy

MicroRNA regulated in dentate gyrus subregions following LTP induction in vivo

Anurag Singh Psychology

Metaplasticity: Astrocyte-Neuron communication in a transgenic model of AD

Shabah Shadli Psychology

To develop a bio marker for diagnosing and treating generalized anxiety disorders

Lucy Stiles Pharmacology and Toxicology

Vestibular connections to the basal ganglia

Matthew Sykes Anatomy

The effect of transcranial magnetic stimulation on metaplasticity in the motor cortex

Lisa Zhou Anatomy

Modelling cognitive outcomes after stroke: Does anxiety, depression and infection play a role?