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Paula Rocktaeschel

DPhil Student

  • Clarendon scholar
  • MRC-funded 

I am currently a DPhil student supervised by Prof Zameel M Cader and Prof Arjune Sen. My project focusses on neurodevelopmental causes of epilepsy using a human stem cell model of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Particularly, I am interested in the impact of astrocytes on epileptogenesis in this neurodevelopmental disease which is a major cause of genetic epilepsy in children.

I completed my medical studies at University of Rostock, Germany in 2016 before starting my DPhil with the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience where I am fortunate to hold a scholarship from the Medical Research Council as well as the Clarendon Fund Oxford. Before that, I completed various internships in neurology and neurosurgery, amongst other at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and I hope to realise my dream of becoming a scientifically trained neurologist in the future.