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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:

Anita Barzegar Fallah – Department of Pharmacy

Can targetable anti-cancer drug loaded sono-responsive liposomes reduce tumor size in brain?

Emily Brown – Department of Physiology

Mechanosensitivity of TRPV channels: implications for vasopressin neuron activity

Aimee Chu – Department of Anatomy

Effects of secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha on astrocytes and directly-reprogrammed human neural cultures

Navneet Lal – Department of Physiology

Structural, functional, and cellular investigations of skeletal muscle ageing in the mouse

Ashim Maharjan – Department of Anatomy

Neuromodulation of appetite, food-related attention using median nerve stimulation and odour-autonomic nervous system interactions in healthy human cohorts

Tyson Perez – Department of Surgical Sciences

The effects of infraslow (<0.1Hz) neurofeedback on internalizing symptoms, the triple network, & the autonomic nervous system in adults with internalizing disorders

Nikita Potemkin – Department of Anatomy

Investigating the whole transcriptome in Alzheimer's disease: RNA-Seq analysis of coding and non-coding RNA

Amy Ruddenklau – Department of Physiology

The role of central progesterone signalling in polycystic ovary syndrome

Shivani Sethi – Department of Physiology

Central regulation of the diabetic heart

Lucinda Speers – Department of Psychology

Disrupted theta sequences in the CA1 region of the hippcampus in a maternal immune activation (MIA) model of schizophrenia risk lead to downstream alterations of space and reward processing in the lateral septum

Maddy Williams – Department of Physiology

Lithium may alter plasticity in the mouse olfactory bulb

Yi-Sheng Wong – Department of Psychology

Investigation of mind wandering and its relationship with task switching

Alexander Yang – Department of Anatomy

Detection, prediction and alleviation of cybersickness

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