Lab Alumni

NUIM Neuro Lab alumni include Drs Sarah Craig, Anne-Marie McGauran, Deirdre Harvey, John Kealy, Jennifer Moore, Jonathan Murphy, Paraic Scanlon, Mairead Diviney and Jennifer Murphy.

Dr. John Kealy

B.A., Ph.D.

Having graduated from NUI Maynooth in 2010 with a Ph.D. entitled “Hippocampal output to neocortex: Examination of the electrophysiological and plastic properties of CA1 projections to the perirhinal cortex”, John moved to the Department of Chemistry, NUI Maynooth, where he began a Post Doctoral position with Prof. John Lowry. John’s current research focuses on the use of biosensors during commonly used behavioural tasks such as the Morris water maze, plus maze and object recognition task. These biosensors are used to observe changes in glucose, oxygen and nitric oxide in real time during the above tasks in relevant regions of the brain. John is also interested in using pharmacological interventions to modify performance in these tasks, and correlating the effects of these drug treatments to changes in brain metabolism.

Recent publications:

Kealy and Commins 2011

Kealy and Commins 2010

Kealy and Commins 2009

Kealy et al 2008

Dr. Jennifer Moore

B.A., Ph.D.

Jennifer graduated from NUI Maynooth in October 2009 with a Ph.D. entitled “Reconsolidation: Behavioural and Electrophysiological Sequelae of Context and Stress in Human Episodic Memory”. Having then travelled around Asia, Jennifer began a M.Psych. in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne in March 2010. Since starting this course, Jennifer has been working as a Research Assistant in Dr. Rob Hester’s Lab at the University of Melbourne investigating the neural correlates of cognitive control in opiate users. Jennifer is also currently on placement in the Clinical Neuropsychology Department at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

Diviney MaireadDr. Mairead Diviney

B.A., Ph.D.

I am interested in the area of behavioural neuroscience, with a particular focus on the mechanisms involved in spatial learning in the Morris water maze. To assess this, I have adopted novel, in-depth methods of assessment of navigational behaviours in the maze and implemented these methods in conjunction with molecular investigations of activity within the hippocampus; a brain structure widely debated in the area of spatial navigation. From assessment of protein expression and activation of immediate early genes, alongside lesions of the hippocampus, it is evident that the hippocampus plays a critical role in processing and translating visual information into effective and efficient navigational movements in order to reach their intended goal in space. Conferences I have attended and presented my research at include, The Federation of European Neurosciences (FENS), European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS) and Neuroscience Ireland.

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