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Current Lab Members

Since starting the lab in 2008 I have been interested in examining how our brains enable us to remember our experiences. My background is in systems neuroscience and that still forms the backbone of the research in the lab with current experiments using single unit recording and immediate early gene imaging combined with genetic manipulations and molecular tools to examine the role of the hippocampal-entorhinal network in memory. In recent years the lab has expanded and through collaborations with colleagues from St Andrews and further afield we are looking at human episodic memory using fMRI and episodic cognition in preschool children. I am also interested in applying all of this work to help us understand disorders of memory such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Twitter: @JamieAinge

James Ainge

PI and Senior Lecturer

I have an intellectual passion for episodic memory research, an intrinsic passion for behavioural economics and an extrinsic passion to be able to play Joe Satriani’s “Starry Night” (especially the fast part between 2:20 and 2:28).

Twitter: @mvkuruvilla; Website: www.ourmemoriesourselves.com; YouTube Channel: Our Memories, Our Selves

Maneesh Kuruvilla

Post-Doctoral Researcher

I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying memory encoding and consolidation. My aim is to examine the role of lateral entorhinal-hippocampal circuits in these processes by combining behavioural measures together with genetic and molecular techniques. I am also interested in investigating the neural underpinnings of multimodal memory. In my free time I enjoy hiking and dog-walking.

Veronika Ambrozova

PhD Student

I am interested in the neural basis of path integration and distance perception and how these cognitive functions may be affected in Alzheimer’s Disease. In my spare time I enjoy training in Karate and watching films. I also have a keen interest in golf, despite a fundamental lack of talent.

Stephen Duncan

PhD Student

I am interested in the role of grid cells and the MEC in spatial navigation and path integration.

Benjamin Thompson

Postgraduate Researcher

Jointly Supervised PhD Students

I’m jointly supervised by Jamie Ainge and Amanda Seed, studying the evolution and development of episodic memory in pre-school children and non-human primates. I am interested in developing a paradigm that can be used across multiple taxa and age groups to provide more robust comparisons of the cognitive capabilities of these individuals. I also organise Bright Club St Andrews, a stand-up comedy night for local researchers.

Twitter: @emmielociraptor

Emmie Bryant

PhD Student

I am jointly supervised by Emma Wood (University of Edinburgh) and Jamie Ainge. My work focuses on the neural networks via which sensory information is integrated into a full spatial/episodic memory. I am using neuronal manipulations in mice to look into the function of entorhinal-hippocampal circuits in this process.

Twitter: @_sephMoore

Joe Moore

PhD Student

I am jointly supervised by Matt Nolan (University of Edinburgh) and Jamie Ainge. My work involves investigating intrinsic properties of MEC and LEC deep layer neurons and their roles within the entorhinal-hippocampal circuit involved in episodic memory. In order to do this, I apply in vitro electrophysiology, optogenetics, CRACM, and anatomical techniques such as the injection of tracers and immunohistochemistry. 

Christina Brown

PhD Student


I am interested in the role of LEC in memory for integrated aspects of our experience. In my previous work I have examined the role of dopamine neurons in reward expectancy.

David Wilson

Post-Doctoral Researcher

I am interested in the role of the hippocampus and surrounding cortical network in sptail navigation and episodic memory.

David Bett

Post-Doctoral Researcher

I am generally interested in the neural basis of episodic memory. I aim to combine electrophysiology and behavioural measures in rodents to investigate how episodic memory is supported within the brain. Outside of the lab, I enjoy literature, creative writing, and a good glass of wine.

Twitter: @brivandrey

Brianna Vandrey

PhD Student

I am interested in the cognitive and neural processes involved in separating past events in memory. Using a combination of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience, my aim is to elucidate which cues are used to distinguish one event from another, and what parts of the brain are involved in processing these cues. In my spare time I enjoy coffee, running, ice hockey, and reading.

Twitter: @BjornPers

Bjorn Persson

PhD Student

I am currently interested in both the cognitive and neural processes which support our ability to distinguish between things which are new to us and things which aren’t. I hope to combine cognitive neuroscience and behavioural neuroscience to gain insights into the boundary between novelty and memory.

Twitter: @MagsPitt

Magali Sivakumaran

PhD Student

I am interested in the development of episodic cognition. My research examines how childrens ability to think about the future and make plans emerges in early childhood.

Katherine Dickerson

PhD Student



Amanda Seed

Senior Lecturer


Akira O'Connor

Senior Lecturer


Matt Nolan

Professor (University of Ediburgh)