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.


Abaz Shehu

Abaz Shehu, Honours student

Hi, I'm an undergraduate neuroscience student with a keen interest in learning and memory. I'm excited to expand my knowledge in this field through my research project, which is on the molecular mechanisms of spaced repetition learning.

Grant Herpich

Grant Herpich, Honours student

I am a medical student currently intercalating in Bsc Physiology. My research involves creating a computational model of the biochemical signalling within the tripartite synapse to be able to test hypotheses regarding disease models such as dementia.

Marcel Kazmierczyk

Marcel Kazmierczyk, Honours student (co-supervised with Mayank Dutia)

I'm a medical student intercalating in BSc Pharmacology. I'm currently working on multi-scale computational modelling of synaptic plasticity in the medial vestibular nucleus.

Marios Diamantopoulos

Marios Diamantopoulos, Msc student (co-supervised with Emanuel Busch)

I am an MSc student in Neuroscience with medical background. My interests pertain to neural circuits and neuropsychiatric disorders. I am currently involved in research of calcium signalling in neurons, using combined in vivo (C. Elegans) and in silico (computational modelling) methods.

Kyungsuk Ryu

Kyungsuk Ryu (Pierce), Honours student

Hi! I am currently doing my research project in computational modelling of malaria diagnostic tests in the Stefan lab. Soon I will be graduating with a BSc Medical Sciences degree. I cannot wait to expand my study, my interests and my dream in Infectious disease and Regenerative medicine

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.

Sagar Arora

Sagar Arora, Msc student

I am an MSc Neuroscience student currently working on a stochastic model of Calcium signaling in plasticity and its role in Alzheimer's Disease. My research interests involve learning and memory, and its consolidation in the sleep by combining behavioral studies and computational approaches.

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

Susana Roman Garcia

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

Now (2018): Executive Assistant – Operations and Support at Health Information Consulting Ltd.

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)

Zale Cao

Zale Cao, MSc student, 2016-2017