Lab Members

Melanie Stefan

Melanie I Stefan, Group leader

My research interests revolve around using computers to understand learning and memory, from simulating how proteins in the brain work together to strengthen the connection between neurons to using educational data to understand how students learn.


Richard Fitzpatrick

Richard Fitzpatrick, PhD student

My interests extend from developmental neuroscience all the way to learning and memory, and how signalling pathway interactions can be understood in relation to cognition and behaviour. My current work is the multi-scale modelling of intellectual disability disorders such as Fragile X Syndrome, integrating biochemical and electrophysiological data to give a more complete idea of what is going on in the system as a whole. I'm also heavily interested in Philosophy of Mind, in my spare time attempting to provide a neuroscientifically-grounded enactivist account of declarative memory.

Zale Cao

Zale Cao, MSc student

Coming from an engineering background, I'm interested in using computation models to understand how chemical reactions in the brain leads to learning. I'm currently an MSc student in neuroscience based in Zhejiang University's Haining International Campus.

Lab alumni

Excellence Ogunbayo

Excellence Ogunbayo, Summer student, 2016

Now (2016): Student, St Columbas RC High School

Isla Smith

Isla Smith, Summer student, 2017

Now (2017): Student, Galashiels Academy

Jana Finzgar

Jana Finžgar, Honours student, Research assistant, 2017

Now (2017): MSc student, University of Edinburgh


Kadri Pajo

Kadri Pajo, Visiting MSc student, 2016

Now (2017): MSc graduate in Biomedicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (SE)


Lewis Strachan

Lewis Strachan, Summer student, 2017

Now (2017): Student, Cardinal Newman High School


Salvador Garcia Gonzalez

Salvador García González, MSc student (co-supervised with Dragan Gasevic), 2017

Now (2017): Position unknown

Susana Roman Garcia

Susana Román García, Honours student, Research assistant (2017)

Now (2017): Graduated from the University of Edinburgh


Tara O'Driscoll

Tara O'Driscoll, MSc student (co-supervised with David C. Sterratt), 2017

Now (2017): PhD student

Yubin Xie

Yubin Xie, MSc student, 2015-2016

Now (2017): PhD Student, Weill Cornell Medicine (US)