Previous Lab Members

Undergraduate Project Students 

Cassandra Cook is now studying at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany following a 2-year master program in Neuro-Cognitive Psychology, sponsored by the Elite Network of Bavaria. Her research will focus on developing early diagnostic techniques for Alzheimers Disease using paradigms looking at alterations in attention with the use of neuroimaging. During her time with us Cassandra considered the potential of zebrafish to be used for teratology screening.


Anna Hadjitofi  has been accepted into the 1-year M.Sc. Computing Science Program at Imperial College London. She aims to get the necessary experience in programming to  go on to do a PhD in artificial intelligence or machine learning. Anna will graduate with her B.Sc. in Neuroscience in June 2017. During her time with us Anna explored the possibility that leptin could interact with other hormones to influence cell survival.


imageMatt Buchan graduated with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of St Andrews. He is currently studying towards an integrated M.Sc. as part of the graduate programme in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. In autumn he will begin a PhD also at the University of Oxford. During his time in the lab, Matt investigated the potential of the anti-obesity hormone leptin as a therapeutic candidate for Alzheimer’s disease through its modulation of mitochondrial activity.


Summer Research Interns

Devon Redfearn graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology from University of St Andrews. She is currently studying towards an Devon Redfearn (1)M.Sc. in Public Health and Health Services Research at Newcastle University. Her research project is focused on positive consequences of a Head and Neck cancer diagnosis. Soon she will embark upon a graduate scheme at Royal Bank of Scotland.



Viktoria Greeck is a B.Sc. Neuroscience student WP_20160629_11_32_35_Proat the University of St Andrews and was employed on a School of Psychology & Neuroscience Research Internship (2016) to investigate novel methods of environmental enrichment for Xenopus laevis.


DSCN4730Lize Viljoen was a B.Sc. Neuroscience student at the University of St Andrews and was employed on a School of Psychology & Neuroscience Research Internship (2016) to determine the potential of hormones to reduce biomarker expression in in vitro models of Alzheimer’s Disease.


Karina Vitanova was a B.Sc. Neuroscience student at the University of St Andrews and was employed through the Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership to investigate the effects of leptin on mitochondria. She is heading off to the UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP Programme, a funded 4-year programme, after completing her B.Sc. this summer – best of luck in your studies!