My lab is interested in how synaptic connections and neuronal circuits are formed during development, and how these processes may be disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. We use a variety of techniques including electrophysiology, structural and functional imaging in both rodent models and human inducible pluripotent stem cells, to address these questions. We have strong connections with psychiatrists at the Institute of Psychiatry (KCL), working together with clinicians to try to understand the underlying pathophysiology of these disorders, with the eventual goal of finding new treatments.
I have an MRC DTP PhD studentship available for the 2019 cohort: 'Dissecting the mechanisms underlying altered excitatory: inhibitory balance in mouse models of autism and executive dysfunction' (project 4.2, Theme 2).
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Applications for the 2020 MRC DTP studentships will open in mid-October 2019.