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.


Jana Finzgar

Jana Finžgar, Research assistant

I am interested in working with computers and incorporating computer models in the research of biological events. Especially fascinating is the intricate connectivity and cellular events that govern memory induction and learning and how we can use models to visualize and manipulate data.

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.

Salvador Garcia Gonzalez

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

Coming from a Applied Mathematics background, I am especially interested in Statistics and Optimisation problems and in the use of computational resources to give efficient and robust solutions to them. My principal topics are Bayesian Statistic Modelling through Stan and Machine Learning methods applications. Currently I am working in developing a Learning Analytics package in R.

Susana Roman Garcia

Susana Román García, Research assistant

I am interested in learning how protein interactions in the brain can lead to complex brain functions like memory. I will be doing my dissertation on the interaction between NMDA receptors and CaMKII in the postsynaptic neuron using computational modelling.

Tara O'Driscoll

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

I am currently completing a Master's in Cognitive Science with the School of Informatics. I am particularly interested in the integration of experimental and computational neuroscience in interdisciplinary research. My thesis will involve the computational modelling of CaMKII, investigating the direction of autophosphorylation around and/or across the protein.

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

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

Yubin Xie

Yubin Xie, MSc student, 2015-2016

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