My name is Rhys, I’m a PhD student at the Visual Plasticity lab, and I am interested in cortical circuitry, synaptic plasticity and neuromodulation. The aim of my project is to study running-dependent visual cortical plasticity and to understand how modulation of specific circuits promote plasticity in the adult mammalian neocortex.
To do this I will identify at what level in the spatial and temporal domain do neuromodulatory projections convey running-related information to the visual cortex and to determine the causal roles these circuits have in modulating neural activities that drive cortical plasticity. I shall be using a combination of techniques, such as optogenetic stimulation and 2-photon calcium imaging.
Prior to starting at the Visual Plasticity lab, I earned a BSc in Physiology at University of East London and a MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at King’s College London. After which, I worked as a research technician at UCL, and later Queen Mary University London, where I gained a multitude of experience in in vitro and in vivo research, including tissue culture, cortical injections and behavioural testing, as well as a variety of histology techniques
rhys.burrows.21 at ucl.ac.uk