Marc Aurel Busche, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, UK Dementia Research Institute, University College London

Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, QueenSquare National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Education

EMBO Long-Term Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School.
Clinical Residency in Psychiatry, University Hospital Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Munich.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Neuroscience, Munich.
M.D./Ph.D., Medical Life Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Munich.

Awards

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship
AD/PD Junior Faculty Award
Kurt Kaufmann Prize
GSK Award for Clinical Research
EMPIRIS Award, Felgenhauer Award
Hans Jörg Weitbrecht Prize
Hans Heimann Prize


Samuel Harris, Ph.D.

Research Laboratory Manager

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Previous Employment

Locum editor/editor, Biomed Central (Springer Nature), London.
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.
Postdoctoral Research Associate (secondment), Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research , University of Sheffield.
Joint postdoctoral position, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield & Department of Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, USA.
Clinical Autonomic Scientist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH.

Education

Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Sheffield.
MSc Medical Physics, University of Surrey.
BSc Physics with Astronomy, University of Southampton.

Awards

Co-investigator on Eisai / UK DRI Research Programme on Dementia grant entitled: ‘Longitudinal monitoring of neurovascular dynamics in models of neurodegeneration’.
Co-investigator on MRC – KHIDI UK-Korea Partnering Award entitled: ‘Integrating multimodal imaging technologies to investigate neurovascular dysfunction in neurological disorders’.
Co-investigator on Epilepsy Research UK project entitled: ‘How activation of sensory regions can promote propagation of adjacent focal neocortical seizures’.
Exceptional Contribution Award for sustained research excellence (University of Sheffield).
Exceptional Contribution Award for research excellence (University of Sheffield).
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ‘Pathways to Impact’ bursary for Science Communication.
Gold CREST (CREativity in Science and Technology) Award from the British Science Association.

Current Work in Our Lab

In addition to being involved in all aspects of the day to day management of the laboratory and staff training, I am also engaged in research examining neurovascular circuit dynamics in translational models of neuro-degenerative diseases, through the development and application of cutting-edge multi-modal imaging and electrophysiological techniques.

“Seizure epicenter depth and translaminar field potential synchrony underlie complex variations in tissue oxygenation during ictal initiation”


Byung Il Lee, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Previous Position

Postdoctoral Resesearcher, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Education

BSc, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
MS/Ph.D. integrated, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Awards

Next-generation Researcher Fostering Program 2019 – National Research Foundation or Korea.

Current Work in Our Lab

My works mainly focus on the in vivo monitoring of the neural excitability in the cortex of neurodegenerative model mouse brains by using two-photon microscopy. Accompanying in vitro studies to elucidate the mechanisms of the abnormalities are also in progress. Imaging the cleared brains with light-sheet microscopy to investigate structural and functional alteration as results of disease progression is another research interest.

“Photosensitizing materials and platforms for light-triggered modulation of Alzheimer’s β-amyloid self-assembly”


Debanjan Dasgupta, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Previous Position

Postdoctoral Training Fellow, The Francis Crick Institute, London.

Education

Ph.D. Neurophysiology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
BTech Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India.

Future Work in Our Lab

I will be doing in vivo patch clamp electrophysiology to work on neurodegenerative models in the cortex and hippocampus.

“Heterogeneous network dynamics in an excitatory-inhibitory network model by distinct intrinsic mechanisms in the fast spiking interneurons”


Jana Hartmann, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Previous Position

Research Associate, Konnerth Laboratory, Technical University of Munich.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Saarland University.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Delbrück Centrum for Molecular Medicine, Berlin.

Education

Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg.
Diploma in Biophysics, Humboldt-University Berlin.
Dr. rer. nat. Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.

Current Work in Our Lab

For many years I have been researching basic mechanisms of glutamatergic synaptic transmission in neurons of the central nervous system. I have also gained expertise in the use of patch clamp techniques and confocal calcium imaging in acute mouse brain slices. My aim is to use this knowledge to break down pathogenic processes at the level of single cells and synapses to unravel the effects of Aβ and tau in Alzheimer’s disease.

“TRPC3 channels are required for synaptic transmission and motor coordination”


Mengke Yang, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Education

Ph.D. Optics, Key Laboratory of Optical System Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics and Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Current Work in Our Lab

By developing a multiarea two-photon imaging technique, we are trying to explore the interaction and connection between several significant brain areas under the influence of tau and Aβ, which is conducive to understanding and repairing neural circuits in Alzheimer’s disease.

“MATRIEX imaging: multiarea two-photon real-time in vivo explorer”


Rikesh Rajani, Ph.D.

Research Fellow (joint with Carlo Frigerio’s Lab)

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Previous Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, INSERM Institute of Psychiatry and Neuroscience of Paris.
Joint Research Fellow, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde

Education

Ph.D. Regenerative Medicine, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge.

Awards

UK DRI Pilot Studies Programme Award 2020
Association CADASIL France Prize 2018

Current Work in Our Lab

My work looks at the contribution of non-neuronal cell types to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, with a focus on oligodendrocytes and the vasculature. This work involves studying these cells in vitro and in vivo to test hypotheses generated using single cell RNA sequencing of human tissue.

“Reversal of endothelial dysfunction reduces white matter vulnerability in cerebral small vessel disease in rats”


Robert Ellingford, Ph.D.

Research Fellow

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Education

Ph.D. Developmental Neuroscience, Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London.


Marten Kehring

MD student


Robert Kilzer

MD student

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