BSc and MSc Students


Sofia Pascoal

The awareness that millions of networks need to work flawlessly to control all our actions on a daily basis, founded on electrical and chemical signals, intrigues me, and I want to know more about it. As so, my interest in neurosciences plus my curiosity for living abroad motivated me to move from Portugal to Amsterdam to do my Master’s in Molecular Neurosciences. As part of this, I am currently doing an internship at the Willuhn group under Aishwarya Parthasarathy’s supervision. The main goal of this project is to understand the prelimbic and infralimbic cortices roles in promotion and suppression of action, respectively. With this in mind, we train rats in a Go/No-go behavioral task, and use miniaturized microscopes to record calcium transients as a measure of neural activity in the regions of interest while the animals are performing the behavioral task.