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We have appointed our fourth cohort of eight Public Engagement Ambassadors to lead and develop public engagement activities in the lab.

PE Am 

Andrew Galloway is the Research Coordinator the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neurogaming. Andrew completed his PhD in phytology (plant science) at ​​the University of Leeds. He also completed two postdocs at Leeds and at the University of Tromsø, which is 200 miles from the north pole in plant root polysaccharide secretions aka plant snot. Andrew's peers would describe him as a plant fantastic who really enjoys speaking to the public and school children about scientific misperceptions. ​

Beatriz Silveira is a DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences. Her research focuses on developing non-invasive means of treating tremor in essential tremor and Parkinson's disease. She hopes that this work​​ will result in tremor treatment that is available to a wider demographics. Beatriz is passionate about mentoring and aims to inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to engage with science and engineering. 

MaryAnn Noonan is the group leader of the Developmental Neuroscience's lab. For the last 10 years her research has explored how individuals learn and make decisions. Her work investigates how cognitive functions responsible for goal-directed behaviour develop across adolescence and how the brain adapts during this critical period of life. MaryAnn enjoys being part of public engagement events and, to meet the challenges that 2020 brings, I am excited to develop activities that can bring us together and bring science into our homes - virtually. 

Yan Tse is DPhil student in the Sleep and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute (SCNi).  Her research focuses on the investigation of the mechanistic pathway between insomnia and depression. Yan has been involved in several public engagement events with children and adults. she is passionate in promoting the importance of research to the public and to encourage everyone to participate in research studies. 

Cristiana Tisca is a DPhil student within the Oxford-Nottingham Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging, working on brain imaging of genetically modified mouse models. Cristiana is interested in linking her findings in animal models to observations from human brain imaging studies. She would like to encourage people of all ages and levels of education to think more about their brains, by introducing them to some of the scientific questions we've been able to answer about the nervous system. As a WIN Public Engagement Ambassador, Cristiana hopes to inspire young people from all backgrounds, and in particular women, to consider a career in science. 

Selene Lee is a DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences focusing on synucleinopathies. Her research aims to investigate the biochemical and structural properties of a-synuclein strains of different synucleinopathies generated from a protein aggregation technique called RT-QuIC (Real time Quacking Induced Conversion assay). Selene is interested in bridging the gap between the public and the scientific community by making science more accessible and approachable.   

Hannah Willis is a DPhil student in Clinical Neurosciences interested in cortical blindness after stroke. Hannah's research a​ims to understand the capacity for visual rehabilitation after stroke and the neural mechanisms that underlie any improvements. She has been involved in a range of public engagement activities before and is particularly interested in engaging with children, adults and patient groups and encouraging everyone to be interested in science. Hannah would like everyone to see science as fun, relevant and something they can be involved in.

Giedre Cepukaityte is a PhD student in Experimental Psychology interested in memory functions across healthy ageing and in people who are at an increased genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a disorder that affects memory. Her research aims to aid early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease by developing computerised memory tests that can detect subtle changes in memory that occur before the start of clinical symptoms. She is interested in creating fun and engaging activities that would foster interest in science and its applications.