Dr. Natalie Doig

Dr. Natalie Doig

Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

After receiving a B.Sc. (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, Natalie joined the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit in 2008 to carry out a D.Phil. with Professor J. Paul Bolam. Natalie's thesis work focused on defining the cortical and thalamic inputs to striatal projection neurons and interneurons using anatomical and electrophysiological techniques. Natalie then gained funding to carry out a postdoctoral research project in the lab of Professor Pablo Henny at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile. This research involved examining anatomical and electrophysiological properties of neurons in motor and non-motor related regions of the brainstem. Natalie then returned to Oxford in September 2014 to work with Professor Peter Magill to define the connectomes of distinct cell types of the external globus pallidus.

Key Research Areas

  • Synaptic connectivity of the major inputs to the basal ganglia.
  • Physiological and anatomical characterisation of striatal and pallidal neurons.
  • Anatomical circuitry underlying motor function.
  • Pathological changes in the basal ganglia underlying disease.


Natalie is also a member of St. Peter's College, Oxford, where she teaches medical students as a Lecturer in Neuroscience.    

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