MSc/PhD Program
Dafna Ljubotina
First Name:
Dafna

Last Name:
Ljubotina

Country:
Serbia

 



Dafna Ljubotina

EDUCATION

College / University:
Keele University, United Kingdom

Highest Degree:
B.Sc.

Major Subject:
Neuroscience

Lab Experience:
Immunohistochemistry - Microscopy - Pharmacological techniques - Electrophysiology

Projects / Research:
09/2019 – 03/2020: ‘What are the key brain mechanisms and structures involved in supporting memory, particularly memories of fear and context and what happened when these mechanisms are dysregulated?’ Dr Simon Trent, Keele University, United Kingdom.
06/2019 – 03/2020: ‘Determining the distribution of dopamine across layers of the rat entorhinal cortex throughout post-natal development’ Dr Douglas Caruana, Keele University, United Kingdom.

Scholarships:
2020 - 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:

My main research interests include learning and memory, plasticity, neuroscience of choice and sleep. Understanding how sensory stimuli are encoded in higher brain areas to give rise to these complex behaviours is a daunting but rewarding task, which I find compelling. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to investigate the entorhinal cortex, which is crucial for integration of sensory signals and subsequent memory formation. I aim to pursue a career in academia in order to contribute to leading questions in Neuroscience. I am to approach research from the interdisciplinary viewpoint, which I deem necessary when dissecting complex behaviours into biological phenomena.