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.


Adrian Trajlinek, Honours student (co-supervised with David Sterratt)

Chenge (Joanna) Du, Honours student (co-supervised with Xianghua Li)

Christine Lee

Christine Lee, PhD student

My research interests include using software to assist in analyzing student behavior on online test-taking platforms, and to hopefully help teachers better tailor their classes according to their students' needs.

Domas Linkevicius

Domas Linkevicius, PhD student (co-supervised with David Sterratt)

My interests primarily lie in modelling neuronal dynamics (mainly synaptic plasticity) as an interplay of electrical and biochemical activity at the level of single cells. I am interested in trying to understand how various studies on synaptic plasticity and neuronal dynamics could be reconciled (if at all) via models built in a bottom-up fashion that can explicitly include experimental conditions and assumptions whenever feasible. My interests also include trying to tackle the complexity of and shortage of data on the post-synaptic proteome by using machine learning.

Lenka Porteous, Honours student

Pedro Fong, MSc student (co-supervised with David Sterratt)

Sara Carrino

Sara Carrino, Visiting MSc student (co-supervised with Emanuel Busch)

Hi All!

My name is Sara Carrino, I am a MSc student in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna and an Intern at the University of Edinburgh.

Through a scholarship awarded by my University, I joined a research project which focuses on investigating how neuronal plasticity in C. elegans might change in relation to aging and brain hyperactivity. Behavioural assays and computational analyses are utilized to study the neurodegenerative process in amyloid beta mutant strain of C. elegans after they have been cultured for a defined period and exposed to different oxygen levels.

Susana Roman Garcia

Susana Román García, PhD student (co-supervised with David Sterratt)

I am interested in using computer models to understand molecular mechanisms which underly memory formation. I believe computer models offer great potential for studying Neuroscience, and I seek to bring the two together in the research that I do. I aim to move away from animal research and towards more ethical technological advancements in the Neuroscience field. My current PhD work involves using various 3D biology computational modelling software (such as MCell and Biodynamo) to create models which look at CaMKII dynamics in the postsynaptic neuron. More specifically, I look at CaMKII interactions with NMDAR and their involvement in biochemical and structural changes in Long Term Potentiation (LTP).

Winnie Low

Winnie Low, Honours student (co-supervised with Sebastian Leptihn)

I am a Biomedical Science student who enjoys exploring different fields of Science including Infection, Immunology, Molecular Biology etc. I enjoy doing things that make positive contributions to the healthcare field and this has always been my dream job. My honours project involves modelling bacteriophage adsorption to investigate the importance of the primary receptor, lipopolysaccharide.