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This project is fully funded for three years by the Action on Hearing Loss PhD studentship scheme.
This project will involve both neurobiological and engineering approaches. The successful candidate should have or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Systems Neuroscience or related fields, and should also wish to learn advanced neurobiological skills including optogenetic and in vivo electrophysiological approaches.
In the first instance, candidates may send their application to Dr Shuzo Sakata ([Email Address Removed]), with a CV and cover letter, detailing their motivation for this particular PhD project.
McAlinden N, Gu E, Dawson MD, Sakata S*, and Mathieson K*. (2015). Optogenetic activation of neocortical neurons in vivo with sapphire-based microscale LED probe. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 9:25.
McAlinden N, Massoubre D, Richardson E, Gu E, Sakata S, Dawson MD, and Mathieson K. (2013). Thermal and optical characterization of micro-LED probes for in vivo optogenetic neural stimulation. Optics Letters 38 (6), 992-994.
Sakata S. State-dependent and cell type-specific temporal processing in auditory thalamocortical circuit. Scientific Reports (in press).
Sakata S, and Harris KD. (2012). Laminar-dependent effects of cortical states on auditory cortical spontaneous activity. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 6: 109.
Sakata S, and Harris KD. (2009). Laminar structure of spontaneous and sensory-evoked population activity in auditory cortex. Neuron 64 (3), 404-418.