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Previous DPHIL Students

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.


Previous MSC Students


MSc Neuroscience: January - April 2018

Freya worked with our lab as part of her MSc in Neuroscience, supervised by Charlotte Stagg with day-to-day supervision from Jacob Levenstein. She used a new 7T MRI protocol which allows for simultaneous functional imaging (fMRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging (MRSI), from which it is possible to draw direct links between brain activation and neurochemistry in the primary motor cortex. The project involves participants performing a simple motor task in the scanner and a subsequent motor learning task.



MSc Student: January - April 2019

Eli is working in our lab as part of his MSc Neuroscience research rotations, supervised by Charlotte Stagg and Ioana Grigoras. His project investigates Baclofen's effects on GABA levels in motor cortex and its corresponding effects on motor learning. The study hopes to provide insight into short-term plasticity mechanisms in motor cortex and how this can be altered by clinical treatments.