The Committee



Lukas Krone, Co-President: Lukas Krone, Co-President: Lukas is a medical doctor from Germany with a special interest in sleep and consciousness. In his MD and MSc projects he worked on the neurophysiology of sleep regulation from fruit flies to humans. Currently a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Student in Neuroscience, he recently joined the Vyazovskiy lab to investigate cortical network dynamics during sleep, combining optogenetics and in vivo electrophysiology. As a passionate footballer and rower, he also considers neuroscience as a team sport. Having had a great time as an active club member in his first year at Oxford, Lukas is now thrilled to have the opportunity to shape the Cortex Club. He aims to extend the programme by introducing a young investigators format and talks in clinical neuroscience.
Email: lukas.krone [at]


Séverin Limal, Co-President: Born and raised in Paris, France, Séverin completed his undergraduate studies (BA in Neuroscience) at the University of Oxford and, after obtaining a Masters at Imperial College, London, is now a second-year DPhil student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. During his project, he is using in vivo 2-photon calcium imaging in order to assess the nature of multisensory integration in primary sensory cortical areas, specifically investigating the effects of multisensory learning on neural responses in the primary somatosensory cortex of the mouse. This year, as co-President of the Cortex Club, Séverin is hoping to further diversify the range of invited speakers in order to involve neuroscientists across all relevant departments in the University of Oxford.


Abishek Arora, Secretary:Abishek is a Research Assistant in the Neurodegeneration and Inflammation Research Group at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. With a focus on the legacy Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) cohort, he is analysing the clinical processes underpinning dementia. He recently received his MSc in Neuroscience as a Felix Scholar from the Department of Experimental Psychology and St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. Before moving to Oxford, Abishek completed a BSc (H) in Medical Biotechnology from Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India. He closely works with Prof Gabriele C DeLuca on characterising novel post-mortem molecular markers in Multiple Sclerosis. He is also developing a high-throughput system for the culture of cerebral organoids with Prof Francis G Szele and Prof Hua Ye. As the Secretary of the Cortex Club, Abishek hopes to further diversify the society’s events.

Nicole Eichert, Treasurer: Nicole is a first-year graduate student at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging working in the labs of Rogier Mars and Kate Watkins. She’s using neuroimaging and comparative primate neuroanatomy to study the cortical specialisations underlying human speech and vocal control. Before she started her DPhil, she completed the MSc Neuroscience in Oxford. For her undergraduate degree, she studied Molecular Medicine in Tübingen, Germany, and for her MSc in Neural and Behavioural Sciences she spent time at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In her free time, she likes to do several sports, cook and bake, play the piano or hang out at her college, St. Anne’s.


Bradley Roberts, Communications Officer: Bradley is a second-year Clarendon scholar conducting his DPhil thesis research in the laboratory of Stephanie Cragg in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. He is combining real time detection of dopamine release, slice electrophysiology and optogenetics to investigate dopamine and GABA co-transmission in the basal ganglia. Before coming to Oxford, he obtained a BA in Biology and Neuroscience from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the US. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running, yoga, cooking and snuggles with his cat Sophie.


Paula Kaanders, IT Officer: Paula is an MSc student in Neuroscience with a broad interest in belief formation and decision-making. Before coming to Oxford she obtained a BA and BSc in Liberal Arts & Sciences from University College Utrecht, the Netherlands and an MSc in Neuroeconomics from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Subsequently, she worked in Dr Benedetto De Martino’s lab at the University of Cambridge and University College London for 2 years as a research assistant on confirmatory information processing, the tendency individuals have to selectively search for information in line with their beliefs. She is on the 4-year Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Programme and is looking forward to starting her DPhil here in Oxford next year.


Diana Arman, Social Secretary: Diana is an MSc student in Neuroscience currently doing one of her rotations with Dr Jacinta O’Shea and Dr Michael Browning on improving brain stimulation treatment for depression. She obtained her BSc in Neuroscience from Indiana University in the United States, conducting research in the laboratories of Professor Ken Mackie on mass spectrometry analysis of cannabinoid receptor 1 phosphorylation, and Professor Jon Crystal on spatial and olfactory working memory systems in rodents. She also completed a project at Rockefeller University on cerebrovascular dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. As Social Secretary of the Cortex Club, Diana helps recruit members and organise events that bring researchers together to promote sharing of ideas and collaboration in neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, practising violin and piano, painting, and playing tennis.


Marta Blanco Pozo, Social Secretary: Marta obtained a BSc in Human Biology from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She went to Prof Trevor W Robbins’ lab at the University of Cambridge to work on her BSc project on the involvement of the serotonergic system in reversal learning. Afterwards, she received an MSc in Neuroscience from University College London where she worked at Prof Michael Häusser’s lab on internal models in the cerebellum. Currently, she is doing an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford as part of the 4-year Wellcome Trust programme in Neuroscience. At Cortex Club, she is one of the social secretaries providing refreshments and organizing social events after the talks.


Oana Gurau, Social Secretary: