About

Hello, and welcome to Neurobabble! We are four Neuroscience PhD students at the University of Oxford. We hope to post an exciting piece of (neuro)science here every week. Given our varied interests, this blog will cover a wide range of topics from basic science to translational research, from strange animal behaviours to science policy.  We hope you enjoy reading our posts! You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook

 

Clio Korn
CLIO KORN 
Clio hails from California but is currently based at the University of Oxford.  Her research focuses on the neurotransmitter dopamine and its role in motivation and decision making.  Using a combination of electrophysiological and behavioural approaches, she is investigating how regulation of dopamine levels in different parts of the brain contributes to these processes.  When not running experiments, Clio devotes her time to exploring the worlds of science policy and journalism, singing, dancing, and hiking.

 

James Cooke
JAMES COOKE
James is interested in cortical function and circuit organisation.  He completed a BA in Experimental Psychology and an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford where he is also based for his PhD.  His research involves using electrophysiological and optogenetic techniques in order to investigate the biophysical basis of cortical computations.  When he’s not in the lab, he’s usually either playing Jazz piano or running along a trail somewhere.  You can find more of his work at neuralnoises.com @NeuralNoises
Matthew Warren
MATTHEW WARREN
Matthew left behind the sun and sea of New Zealand to study for a PhD at the University of Oxford. He works in the Department of Psychiatry, studying how drugs used as antidepressants affect the way that people process emotional information. He is always looking for new participants. Except when he’s not, in which case you will probably find him hiking along the nearest coastline, playing the piano, or writing his next blog post. Matthew also writes over at Bang!
Sana Suri
 SANA SURI
Sana works with Oxford’s Neurobiology of Ageing group, and her research focuses on the genetic variations that account for a predisposition to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.  Using magnetic resonance imaging, she is studying individuals that are genetically at ‘high-risk’, ‘average-risk’ and ‘low-risk’ for developing AD, to detect any potential changes in brain function that are reflective of their susceptibility to future cognitive decline. Sana loves music, especially heavy metal, and is completely at home at an 80’s rock gig. She has recently started learning British Sign Language, which she hopes to master by the time she graduates. Tweets from @sanasuri.
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