Mechanisms of animal behaviour PhD and MPhil supervisors

Dr Martine Hamann

  • Cellular Mechanisms Associated to Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
  • Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity in the Auditory Brainstem Dorsal Cochlear Nucleus
  • Gap Detection Startle Reflex Paradigm
  • Dr Hamann’s research interests also fall within the remit of the Vision and Language Research Strand

Professor Nick Hartell

  • Cellular Mechanisms of Memory Storage
  • Plasticity in the Cerebellar Cortex
  • Vesicle Movement and Transmitter Release

Professor Ruth Luthi-Carter

  • Novel Mechanisms of Huntington's Disease
  • Gene Expression and Regulation in Huntington’s Disease
  • Neurodegeneration

Dr Tom Matheson (also affiliated to the Systems Neuroscience strand)

  • Invertebrate Neurobiology
  • Function of Sensory and Motor Systems in Insects
  • Limb Movement Control
  • Locust phase change (swarm formation)
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Mechanisms controlling variability in neuronal circuits
  • In vivo Electrophysiology, kinematics, muscle force measurement

Dr Swidbert Ott

  • Insect Neurobiology and Behaviour
  • Phase Change in Locusts as a Model for Socially Induced Phenotypic Plasticity
  • Molecular, Neurochemical and Neural Mechanisms in Behavioural Plasticity
  • Functional Neuroanatomy and Evolution of Invertebrate Nervous Systems

Dr José Prados

  • Mechanisms Underlying Spatial Learning - Role of Associative Processes
  • Mechanisms Underlying Perceptual Learning - Inhibitory Learning versus Stimulus Differentiation
  • Role of the Hedonic Properties of Stimuli in Classical Conditioning (Flavour and Context Conditioning)
  • Changes in Stimulus Effectiveness or Salience, Using Standard Conditioned Emotional Response, Flavour Conditioning and Spatial Learning Tasks

Dr Volko Straub

  • The Role of Serotonin and Its Interaction with Stress in Cortical Development
  • Modulation of Neuronal Properties by Serotonin and Nitric Oxide
  • Learning, Memory Formation and the Integration of Internal and External Sensory Information in Molluscs

Dr Gonzalo Urcelay

  • The Environmental and Neural Basis of Learning and Memory in Health and Disease
  • Comparisons of Theories of Learning
  • Roles of Contexts
  • Competition and Facilitation in Associative Learning
  • Reconsolidation and Extinction
  • Avoidance Learning

Dr Andrew Young

  • In Vitro and In Vivo Measurement of Neurotransmitter Function
  • Mechanisms Controlling Motivated Behaviour
  • Models of Psychiatric and Neurological Dysfunction

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