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The Early Career Neuroscience Forum was established in late 2010, although the name changed to the Neuroscience Careers Network in 2014 to encompass the work it does to support group leaders as well as PhD/post-docs.The aim of the network has been to identify and engage with neuroscientists from across the UCL Neuroscience Domain. 

The Neuroscience Careers Network is supported, administratively and financially, by the UCL Neuroscience Domain Steering Group. Their work is specifically aligned to the Neuroscience Domain's key strategic goal to educate, develop, recruit and retain outstanding neuroscientists trained in multiple disciplines.

The Network encourages interaction and mentoring by organising career-advice seminars and grant writing workshops and is very open to talk suggestions from the neuroscience community.

Typical seminars/workshops include Applying for Fellowships, Improve your Grant/Fellowship Writing Skills, Grant writing workshops, Starting up and Independent Career, What can UCL do for you?, How to prepare for Grants, Fellowship and Job Interviews, What to do after you get your PhD? and Alternative Careers for Scientists.

Committee Members

Steering Committee - Sandrine Geranton

Chair of the Network

Sandrine Geranton

UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology


Sandrine Géranton is a Lecturer in molecular neuroscience in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Sandrine studied organic chemistry and biochemistry at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier” in France. After an MSc in biotechnology at the University of the West of England, she joined University College London where she carried out a PhD in the then department of Pharmacology. She went on learning about pain mechanisms as a post-doctoral researcher with the London Pain Consortium in the department of Cell and Developmental Biology at UCL, where she is now Lecturer. Sandrine has always been keen on applying her multidisciplinary background to further her understanding of the molecular biology of pain states and she has been at the forefront of the investigation of the role of epigenetic mechanisms in the development of pain states. Her team has recently uncovered an important role for the stress regulator FKBP51 in the control of chronic pain states and the outcome of their research was published in Science Translational Medicine.

Roberta Bianco Roberta Bianco

UCL Ear Institute

Roberta Bianco is a post-doctoral researcher in the Chait Lab (UCL Ear institute) investigating how the brain detects, memorizes, and learns statistical regularities within on-going auditory signals. Her research combines behavioural, electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods in order to understand the neural mechanisms that underpin these functions in humans.

Following her undergraduate training in Biotechnology and Neurobiology in Italy, Roberta obtained a  Music Diploma in flute. Then she combined her major interests in science and music with a PhD in music cognition and production with Daniela Sammler and Arno Villringer, using EEG and fMRI. Before holding her current position, Roberta obtained a visiting fellowship to join the Penhune Lab in Montreal where she investigated the role of music as reinforcement signal in motor learning.
Lorenzo Fabrizi

Lorenzo Fabrizi

UCL Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP)


Dr Fabrizi graduated in Biomedical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano University (Italy) and in 2008 completed his PhD in Medical Physics and Bioengineering at UCL investigating the use of Electrical Impedance Tomography in epilepsy diagnosis.  He then moved to the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology to explore the development of pain perception in human premature neonates in collaboration with the neonatal ward at UCLH using Electroencephalography (EEG). He is now a group leader funded by the Medical Research Council UK working at UCL and King’s College London in collaboration with their main university hospitals to study the development of spontaneous neuronal activity and of the somatosensory system in premature neonates integrating EEG and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging information.
Sandrine Foti

Sandrine Foti

UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Brain Bank

UCL BNA Representative


Sandrine Foti is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square Brain Bank (QSBB). Her research focuses on the pathological mechanisms behind Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) as well as studying DNA methylation in multiple system atrophy (MSA). In the future she will be specialising in depicting molecular pathways involved in FTD using post mortem human tissue donated to QSBB.

Sandrine received her PhD in Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Warwick. During her PhD she studied synaptic plasticity in transgenic mice using molecular, biochemical and electrophysiology laboratory techniques.

Before her PhD, Sandrine did her undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick where she spent one year in Basel (Switzerland) working at Novartis as a student researcher as part of her degree. This year is where her passion for research was unveiled.
Leonor Goncalves


Leonor Goncalves

UCL Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP)


Leonor is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL. Her research focuses on uncovering the role of the amygdala in the processing of pain through in vivo electrophysiology, behavioural studies and pharmacological manipulation. She is especially interested in understanding how the amygdala changes in chronic pain conditions and how these changes might trigger the development of comorbidities. 

Leonor received her PhD in Neurobiology of Pain in 2009 from University of Minho (Portugal) and University of Helsinki (Finland). During her PhD she studied brain plasticity associated with neuropathic pain and mood disorders.  

Before her PhD Leonor spent one year as a trainee at the Neurosurgery Department of Oregon Health and Science University (USA) where she learned extracellular in vivo electrophysiological single cell recordings.

Bethan Kilpatrick Bethan Kilpatrick
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Bethan studied Biology at the University of Sheffield and in 2010 joined UCL to complete an MSc then a PhD in Neuroscience. Now, Bethan is a post-doctoral researcher examining intracellular Ca2+ signalling in health and disease (specifically, Parkinson’s disease). Her project is a collaboration between research groups in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Institute of Ophthalmology.
NCN - Carolin Koriath Carolin Koriath

UCL Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Carolin is a Leonard Wolfson clinical fellow at the UCL Institute of Neurology and an Honorary Specialist Registrar in Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She completed her medical degree at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 2009 and then worked as a Neurology registrar at the University Hospital of Munich with a focus on vertigo and oculomotor disorders. Carolin joined UCL in 2014 to join the Leonard Wolfson PhD programme. She  has a special interest in the genetics of dementia and Huntington’s Disease phenocopy syndromes, carrying out research with next-generation sequencing techniques with Prof Simon Mead and Prof Sarah Tabrizi.
Julie Lee Julie Lee

Institute of Ophthalmology

Julie Lee is a second-year PhD student on the Wellcome Trust four-year PhD in Neuroscience. Her interests are broadly in the computational and systems neuroscience of decision-making and reinforcement learning. She did a BSc in Psychology at the University of Bristol, where she was involved in a diverse set of research in cognitive modelling, psycholinguistics, behavioural models of OCD and structural MRI biomarkers of dementia. Currently she is in the laboratory of Profs. Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris, where she will use 2-photon calcium imaging to study how the brain changes its responses in the face of different behavioural demands.
Edward maguire

Edward Maguire

Institute of Neurology

NCN Communications Officer


Edward Maguire is a postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Neurology at UCL. He is interested in the role of the neurotransmitter GABA in neurological processes and the resulting changes in behavior. His current research is investigating the function and role of the GABAergic system in synaptic plasticity and epilepsy utilizing electrophysiology, pharmacology and imaging.

Edward studied his undergraduate degree in physiology and pharmacology at the University of the West of England, which included an industrial placement working at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland, supporting his supervisor’s research into schizophrenia. He then worked for Merck at Terling’s Park, Harlow for one year working on a behavioural screening project investigating potential new treatments for schizophrenia.

Edward obtained his PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Here he started his research into GABA and glycine neurotransmission. His first postdoc was also at the University of Dundee investigating the role of GABA in addiction and stress. He worked at the School of Pharmacy, UCL for three years before joining the ION.

Jasper Poort

Jasper Poort

UCL Research Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology (NPP)


Jasper Poort completed his PhD at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, where he studied neurons in primary visual cortex and higher-level visual areas during figure-ground segregation and visual attention tasks with electrophysiology.

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL. His research is aimed at understanding how the visual cortex selectively processes relevant sensory input to guide behaviour, using 2-photon calcium imaging in mouse visual cortex.

Tim Schoof Tim Schoof

UCL Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences

Tim is a research associate at the Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences. Her research focuses on the question why some adults have more difficulties understanding speech in noisy environments than others, even in the absence of any hearing loss. She is particularly interested in the potential effects of damage to the synapses between the inner hair cells and the auditory nerve fibres, as a consequence of noise exposure and/or ageing, on the perception of speech in noise.
Tim received her PhD in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences from UCL and, after spending some time at Northwestern University in the US for a postdoc, came back to continue her research in London.