Dr. Emilie Syed


Dr. Emilie Syed

Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

Dr. Emilie Syed graduated from King’s College London in 2001 with a B.Sc. in Pharmacology. Emilie has a long-standing interest in the basal ganglia, starting from when she undertook her first research project in Prof. Peter Jenner’s Neurodegeneration Research Group and studied the morphological changes in dopaminergic terminals in striatum in Parkinson’s disease. In 2004, she obtained her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences in Prof. Andreas Engel’s Research Unit at Hamburg University, Germany, where she studied functional connectivity between sensory areas of cortex, striatum and thalamus. Emilie went on to work with Drs. Abdelhamid Benazzouz and Thomas Boraud at the University of Bordeaux, France, on the pathophysiological role of oscillatory activity in the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Syed joined the Unit in 2012 as a visiting scientist, advancing collaborative projects between Prof. Peter Magill, Prof. Peter Brown and Dr. Mark Walton at the University of Oxford. She now continues her research with the Magill Group, with the broad aim of defining how dopamine release dynamics correlate with the activities of basal ganglia neurons during behaviour. 

Head of Group

Recent Publications

Unit Publication
Syed EC
Grima LL
Magill PJ
Bogacz R
Brown P
Walton ME
2016.Nat. Neurosci., 19(1):34-6.
Unit Publication
Dodson PD
Dreyer JK
Jennings K
Syed EC
Wade-Martins R
Cragg SJ
Bolam JP
Magill PJ

2016.Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 113(15):E2180-8.

Syed EC
Sharott A
Moll CK
Engel AK
Kral A

2011.Eur. J. Neurosci., 33(3):461-70.