CURRENT LAB MEMBERS
AMY L MILTON
Amy is a University Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Cambridge MiND Lab. Her research focuses on the neurochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying memory reconsolidation, and their exploitation to develop new treatments for mental health disorders. She also has a strong interest in the development of translationally relevant models of mental health disorders, and facilitating dialogue between basic and clinical neuroscientists working in mental health.
Amy did her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Neuroscience) at the University of Cambridge, before completing her PhD in the (then) Department of Experimental Psychology at Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Barry Everitt. She was awarded a Research Fellowship in Experimental Psychology at Downing College, Cambridge, which she held for a year before taking up a fixed-term lectureship in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Cambridge. She was appointed a University Lecturer in 2013, achieved tenure in 2018, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019. She has been the Ferreras-Willetts Fellow in Neuroscience at Downing College, Cambridge, since 2011.
Amy's research has applications to mental health disorders including drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and is funded by the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Her work has been covered by a number of media outlets, and in 2017 her work was recognised with the Young Scientist Award from the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Toni joined the lab in January 2017 to work on our MRC Programme Grant. His research focuses on characterising the psychological and neurochemical mechanisms underlying the behavioural interference of cue-drug memories.
Visiting MSc Student
Federico is a visiting MSc student from the University of Trieste, Italy. Due to current coronavirus situation, he has joined the group virtually. When his research can begin in person, he will be investigating the expression of plasticity markers in the striatum during the reconsolidation of goal-directed and habitual memories.
LYDIA G RUTHERFORD
Lydia is a Master's student on the MPhil Biological Sciences (Psychology) course. Her project focuses on the roles of instrumental conditioning and memory reconsolidation in alcohol seeking behaviour, modelled in rodents. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, where she read Neuroscience.
MPhil Student, January 2020 - September 2020
Ursule was a Master's student on the Basic and Translational Neuroscience MPhil course, co-supervised by Amy Milton and Emma Cahill. Her project focused on investigating the molecular correlates of the destabilisation of instrumental memories.
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 2014 - September 2018
Emma joined the lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in January 2014, and was subsequently awarded a BBSRC Anniversary Future Leaders Fellowship to develop her independent research. She has contributed to a number of projects in the lab, ranging from the neural basis of habit memory reconsolidation to characterising the neurochemical mechanisms underlying retrieval-extinction. Her most recent research is a collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim and aims to dissociate measures of fear and anxiety in rodents. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.
OMAR D PEREZ
Graduate Student, October 2016 - June 2017
Omar was a PhD student co-supervised by Amy Milton and Anthony Dickinson. His thesis combined computational approaches with human and rodent experiments to develop a model of instrumental conditioning, and resulted in publications in QJEP and Learning & Motivation. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech.
GEORGE H VOUSDEN
Postdoctoral Research Associate, October 2016 - September 2017
Graduate Student, October 2013 - September 2016
George was a PhD student supervised by Amy Milton. His thesis focused on the feasibility of reconsolidation blockade approaches to treat mental health disorders, and resulted in publications in Neuroscience and Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. His postdoctoral research used a novel analogue of checking behaviour in obsessive-compulsive disorder to examine the factors that contribute to excessive checking. He is currently an Associate Editor at PLoS One.
MARK H RENSHAW
Graduate Student, October 2010 - January 2016
Mark's PhD thesis, on the contribution of GluA2-containing AMPA receptors to fear memory destabilisation, restabilisation and maintenance, was supervised by Amy Milton. During his time as a graduate student, he undertook a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology internship, and returned to government work after graduation. He is currently the Programme Manager for the UKRI Implementation Programme at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
MORITZ WJ SCHRAMM
Graduate Student, October 2009 - June 2014
Moritz was an MB/PhD student co-supervised by Amy Milton and Barry Everitt. His thesis, on the requirement for adrenergic signalling in alcohol memory reconsolidation, resulted in publications in Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology. After completing his thesis, he returned to his medical training and is currently an ST2 in Neurological Surgery and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Leeds.
Masters Student, February 2019 - August 2019
Eloise was a Master's student on an internship from Leiden University, co-supervised by Amy and Toni. Her project focused on the neurochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying retrieval-extinction of cue-drug memories.