23 August 2013The Wellcome Trust and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded a four-year PhD studentship to Mahsa Samadi, enabling her to work on a joint project with Professor Zafar Bashir in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology at Bristol and Dr Serena Dudek at the NIH in North Carolina.
Mahsa’s project, which begins in October 2013, will investigate the synaptic physiology and the functions of a little-understood region of the hippocampus (a structure in the brain important for learning and memory) called CA2.
This is the first time that the University of Bristol has received one of these PhD studentships, which provide opportunities for the most promising postgraduate students to undertake international, collaborative four-year PhD training based in a UK academic institution and on the intramural campus of the NIH at Bethesda (Maryland, USA). Recipients undertake a collaborative project and are co-mentored by supervisors at both locations. Up to five studentships are awarded every year.
A diagram of the brain with the hippocampus shown in blue