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Exeter Neuroscience Seminar Series.

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Exeter Neuroscience Seminar Series.

Host: Dr Craig Beall.

Research talks between 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Drinks can be purchased at the bar during and after the talks.

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4:00pm - 4:20pm. Dr. Petroula Laiou. Quantification of epilepsy surgery through mathematical modelling.

4:20pm - 4:40pm. Dr. Akshay Bhinge. Modelling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using Patient-derived iPSC.

4:40pm - 5:00pm. Dr Gaspar Jekely. Multisensory integration in Platynereis larvae and the origins of cognition in the ocean.

Biographies:

Petroula Laiou has a BSc degree in Mathematics and a MSc degree in Computational Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). Petroula moved to Barcelona (Spain) to carry out a Phd at the University Pompeu Fabra. Petroula worked with data-driven approaches that aim to characterize directional interactions between coupled dynamical systems. Current research is focused on the identification of the optimal set of nodes that has to be removed from a brain network in order to render an epilepsy patient seizure free.

Dr. Akshay Bhinge obtained his degree in Clinical Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India and his Masters in Biomedical Engineering (M. Tech) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. He joined Dr. Vishwanath Iyer's lab at the University of Texas at Austin, USA for his doctoral work graduating with a Ph.D. in 2009. His doctoral thesis focused on identifying downstream targets of oncogenic transcription factors and microRNAs in human primary and cancer cell lines by developing novel genomics tools based on next-generation sequencing technologies. In 2010, he joined Dr. Lawrence Stanton's group as a postdoctoral fellow at the Genome Institute of Singapore. His postdoctoral work focused on modelling human neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration using pluripotent stem cells. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and is also a recipient of the Career Development Award, Singapore.

As a Research Fellow at the Living Systems Institute, his research is aimed at understanding the molecular networks driving motor neuron degeneration in Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). His lab uses iPSC based in vitro models of neurodegeneration combined with genome editing tools, epigenomics and single cell analysis techniques to map dysregulated gene networks driving motor neuron degeneration.

Gáspár Jékely studied Biology and obtained his PhD in 1999 at the Eötvös Loránd Universities in Budapest. He then worked as a postdoc at the EMBL, Heidelberg in the laboratory of Pernille Rorth and then Detlev Arendt. Between 2007-2017 he worked as a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. Since 2017 he works at the Living Systems Institute in Exeter. His research interests include the structure, function and evolution of neural circuits in marine ciliated larvae and the origin and early evolution of nervous systems.

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