Anna-Kristin Kaufmann

Anna-Kristin Kaufmann

Research Student

Anna’s thesis research in the Unit is focused on the function and dysfunction of midbrain dopamine neurons. Currently, Anna uses a combination of in vivo single-unit recordings, tract tracing and behavioural analysis to study midbrain dopamine circuits.

Anna received her B.Sc. in Biology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany, where she studied the effects of galvanic stimulation on the vestibular system of Xenopus laevis tadpoles together with Professor Hans Straka. In 2013, Anna completed her M.Sc. in Neuroscience at Oxford University, having worked on sensorimotor integration of speech together with Professor Kate Watkins, and on the thalamocortical engagement of interneurons in the developing mouse somatosensory cortex in the group of Dr Simon Butt. In 2013, Anna joined the MRC Unit as a D.Phil. student under the supervision of Dr Paul Dodson, Professor Peter Magill and Professor Paul Bolam.

In 2015, Anna was awarded a prestigious scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.

Research interests:

  • Neurophysiological and molecular properties of midbrain dopamine neurons.
  • Neural activity in the basal ganglia during functional and dysfunctional behaviour.
  • Genetic models of Parkinson’s disease