Erika Gyengesi was awarded her Ph.D. degree in 2010 from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, conducting her research in the lab of Professor Laszlo Detari. During her Ph.D. studies she developed and assembled an in vivo electrophysiology setup for juxtacellular labeling of individual neurons in anaesthetized animals and used this technique to label and immunohistochemically identify neurons in the basal forebrain that are correlated with the EEG activity in the neocortex. During her graduate studies, she collaborated with Dr. Laszlo Zaborszky at the Center of Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA, where she studied the anatomy of the basal forebrain. In 2007, Gyengesi became a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr. Sabrina Diano at Yale University, New Haven, Conn, USA, in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences. During the next two years, she studied the effect of metabolic changes on synaptic input organization of NPY/AgRP POMC/CART containing neurons in mice hypothalamus. In 2010 she accepted the opportunity as a Postdoctoral Research Officer in the laboratory of Dr. George Paxinos at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). She got involved in two major anatomical mapping projects, one of which is creating a stereotaxic atlas of the marmoset brain, and the other a collaboration with the Brain Research Institute (BRI), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, to map the myelin system of the mouse brain in relation to high resolution MRI, which has given her the opportunity to expand her knowledge about the neuroanatomy of the rodent nervous system and get to know more about various mapping and imaging techniques, for example, MRI/DTI. At the end of 2012, Gyengesi joined the lab of Professor Gerald Muench, at the University of Western Sydney, joining the School of Medicine first as a Research Officer and from June 2013 as an Associate Lecturer for the Pharmacology group.
Biography Updated on 9 January 2013