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Magda Nowak

Magda completed her DPhil in the Physiological Neuroimaging Group, supervised by Charlie Stagg and Professor Peter Brown.  Her thesis focussed on transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), investigating the mechanisms of beta and gamma frequency tACS using multi-modal brain imaging (MEG, TMS, MRS). My secondary interests revolve around the physiological oscillatory activity underlying motor learning.





James Kolasinski

James completed his DPhil in the Plasticity Group, supervised by Charlie Stagg and Heidi Johnansen-Berg.  His thesis was "Assessing sensorimotor plasticity with multimodal magnetic resonance imaging".  During her DPhil, James investigated the ability of sensorimotor cortex to adapt and change both in the short-term, and over longer periods of time.

James stayed in Oxford as a Stevenson Junior Research Fellow in Medical Sciences, affiliated with University College before moving to CUBRIC in Cardiff on a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship.  He is continuing his work on the somatosensory and motor regions of the brain, specifically in understanding how these regions support dexterous function of the hand.

James continues to collaborate with the work of the Physiological Neuroimaging Group.


Velicia Bachtiar

Velicia completed her DPhil in the Plasticity Group from 2012-2015, supervised by Charlie Stagg and Heidi Johansen-Berg.  Her thesis title was "Transcranial Stimulation of the Human Primary Motor Cortices".  During her DPhil Velicia used magnetic resonance spectroscopy to quantify the level of different chemicals in the human brain. Specifically, she was interested in the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA, in the motor cortex. Velicia investigated how motor learning and non-invasive brain stimulation changed the level of cortical GABA.
Velicia left the Physiological Neuroimaging Group to work as a Research Associate with the Drake Foundation, a not for profit organisation tackling concussions in sport.  She now holds the position of Chief Science Officer, and her work involves further development and implementation of initiatives to advance research and knowledge on sports-related concussion.