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Neural oscillations and cognition

Description 
How do brain waves control cognitive processes? Using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology and sophisticated cognitive paradigms of working memory and attention, coupled with genetically modified mice, this project will record brain waves (local field potentials) and single unit activity during cognitive performance to attempt to answer this fundamental question. Several projects are ongoing. These include (1) deep characterisation of neuronal oscillatory patterns occurring during behaviour in different key brain regions; (2) manipulation of brain activity using optogenetic and chemogenetic technologies to infer causal consequences; (3) development of targeted pharmacotherapies to restore aberrant brain wave activity as potential treatment options for disorders with cognitive symptoms such as schizophrenia.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
electrophysiology; cognition; animal model; transgenic manipulation; NMDA receptors, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, human pathology, clinical, neuroscience
School 
Central Clinical School » Neuroscience
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Honours
BMedSc(Hons)
Time commitment 
Full-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Alfred Research Alliance
Co-supervisors 
Dr 
Matt Hudson

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