She/Her/Dr – Assistant Professor & Lab handywoman
- BSc Biology, MSc Neurobiology @ University of Pavia (IT), D’Angelo Lab
- PhD Neuroscience @ Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL), De Zeeuw Lab
- Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow @ King’s College London (UK) and Harvard University (USA) in the Grubb and Murthy labs
Who is Elisa? Read here a short profile written by Ailie
eg542 [at] cam.ac.uk / twitter @eg_neuro
She/Her – PhD student
- BSc Psychology @ University College London (UK)
- MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience @ University of Cambridge (UK), Dalley Lab
- From October 2020 PhD in Neuroscience funded by the Cambridge Trust
Li studies plasticity induced by olfactory deprivation and is a greedy patcher, treating OB neurons like pokemons: Gotta Catch ’Em All! Originally from the Sichuan province in China, she loves spicy food and she is now a proper coffee addict and dungarees fan. Her main enemies are carbogen tanks (“They are taller than me!”) and pipetting (“I studied psychology!”). Her BFF is a squishy stress release dog called Hodgkin, which she hugs when she is having a bad patching day.
lh672 [at] cam.ac.uk / twitter @Liii_Huang
She/Her – PhD student
- BSc Biological Sciences @ University of Edinburgh (UK)
- Intercalated year at Eli Lilly (UK)
- From October 2021 PhD in Neuroscience funded by the PDN-Wolfson Scholarship
Ailie is fascinated by all things dopamine, and she is working hard to understand how dopaminergic neurons in the olfacory bulb (including the regenerating ones!) are wired up in the circuit. As our resident Scot, she is adapting to the scorching English summers (23C? madness!). Ailie edits blogs and science magazines, does lots of outreach, and is the ECR representative for Cambridge Neuroscience. Never knowingly caught without a pair of dungarees in her immediate vicinity, and ever active in making new dungarees proselytes, her BBF in the lab is a fluffy water-bottle-bear-thing called Huxley.
agm72 [at] cam.ac.uk / twitter @AilieMcwhinnie
She/Her – PhD student
- BSc in Biology @ University of Washington, Seattle (USA)
- MSc in Neuroscience @ University of Strasbourg (FR)
- From October 2021 collaborative PhD in Neuroscience at Háskóli Islands (Reykjavík, Iceland) in the Petersen lab and with us here in Cambridge
Sana is interested in all things plasticity, especially in the mechanisms that involve modulation of action potential firing. Officially based in Iceland, she is spending time in Cambridge to learn to patch mitral and tufted cells, to then set up the physiology rig in Reykjavík and work on genetic models of intrinsic plasticity deficits. Sana is is our resident globetrotter: originally from Seattle, she has spent time in Canada and France before coming to Cambridge for an exchance programme as part of her Masters – and the rest is history. She is a bookworm and AMAZING cook and baker, and to Elisa’s delight, she is refusing to buy dungarees. Our neighbour Steve Edgley gifted her his lab mascot, a bunny called Sybil, so she too has a fluffy toy littering the office (sigh).
sg965 [at] cam.ac.uk / twitter @SanaGadiwalla
She/Her – 3rd year undergraduate student, Biological Natural Sciences
Megan joined our lab in October 2022, and she will be with us until the end of April to complete her final-year project and dissertation. Working closely with Li, she will be looking at activity-dependent plasticity of tyrosine hydroxylase expression in our beloved dopaminergic interneurons. While she does not seem to own dungarees and she does not keep fluffy animals in the lab, Megan takes part in the most annoying of Cambridge’s activities: rowing. Nothing against rowing, lots against all the endless talking about rowing and pre-sunrise training that all rowers do, all the time, with everyone 🚣🗣. We still like her very much though and we are very glad that she chose our lab.
me469 [at] cam.ac.uk
Research Assistant 2021/22 and builder of our spectacular behavioural setup; sadly, a dungarees convert; about to start her fully-funded PhD at the Department of Engineering here in Cambridge.
jw2257 [at] cam.ac.uk / twitter @Jieni_W
CPGS Postgraduate Student 2019/20 → private sector
Erasmus student from Regensburg 2018/19 → PhD with Flor Iacaruso @ Crick Institute
Erasmus student from Rotterdam 2018/19 → medicine
MPhil by reserach student 2018/20, cosupervised by Sue Jones → consultancy