The team

Alicja Krawczun-Rygmaczewska

Alicja graduated the MSci Neuroscience course at King’s College London in 2020. Her Master’s thesis was focused on exploring the use of shark-derived nanobodies in possible neuroregeneration therapy of the Parkinsonian brain. Currently, Alicja is a PhD student at the University of Trieste and Italian Institute of Technology in Genova where she is characterising the consequences of various mutations of the KIDINS220 gene in the developing nervous system.

Helena Davies

Features editor
Helena graduated in Psychology from the University of Bristol in 2018 before completing a MSc in Research exploring the use of genetic data in healthcare, during which she took part in a range of science communication initiatives. Last year she completed a MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychiatry at King’s College London. Now, Helena is a PhD student based at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre. Her research explores the social and genetic risk factors of eating disorders.

Clemens Kiecker

Research & News co-editor
Clemens graduated in Biochemistry from the Freie Universitaet Berlin in1997 and obtained his PhD from the Universitaet Heidelberg in 2001. After working as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of developmental neurobiology at King’s College London, he joined the King’s faculty in 2010 and has since gradually moved from research to higher education. In 2019 Clemens took over as Education Lead of the Division of Neuroscience at the IoPPN. 

Isabella Munford

Reviews editor
Isabella originally gained a BSc in Pharmacology from UCL, followed by an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from The Institute of Neurology. She is now in her 3rd year of MBBS Medicine at King’s College London. She has a particular interest in psychiatry and neurology and in her spare time she enjoys writing creatively and often writes poetry as a means to reflect on clinical cases she has seen.

Eamonn Walsh

Research & News co-editor
Eamonn worked in a bank in Ireland and then as a petroleum engineer in the Netherlands.  He then travelled in South America for 14 months.  He graduated in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in 2003.  He completed an MRes at Birkbeck (2005), and then went on to obtain his PhD in Neuroscience from UCL in 2008.  He is currently Programme Lead for the MSc Neuroscience in the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience at the IoPPN. He is Chair of the NHS London Queen Square Research Ethics Committee.

Vincent Giampietro

Vincent trained as an engineer at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), majoring in Biomedical and Computer Engineering and minoring in Cognitive Science and Epistemology. He later obtained a PhD in Biometry at King’s College London. In parallel to his studies and early research career, he worked for more than 10 years in IT as a Unix/Linux System Administrator. His current research focuses on how the brain changes when we learn new skills, with projects spanning from evaluating fMRI neurofeedback neurotherapy to characterising and developing entrepreneurial thinking.

Ana Marques

Graphic designer
Ana is a Designer and Illustrator, who specialises in fields of Graphic Arts and Learning Experience. Based at the IoPPN, she works across KCL on several college wide and cross-team projects, including The Nucleus. Ana is currently also studying storytelling techniques as a way to find creative ways of educating and sharing knowledge, as part of a Masters at the Cambridge School of Art.

Carlotta Barelli

Social media editor
Carlotta is a third-year undergraduate student enrolled in the Msci Neuroscience program at King’s College London. She joined The Nucleus last year as a writer, being passionate about conveying science to the broader public. For her undergraduate research project, she is focusing on the potential harmful effects of COVID-19 on the human foetal brain and she would like to continue her studies with a PhD in developmental neurobiology to further explore how the human neocortex is built.

Jess Mundy

Opinions editor
Jess graduated with a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2017. She then completed an MSc in Genes, environment and development in psychology and psychiatry at King’s College London. Jess is now studying for a PhD exploring the genetic basis of mood disorders. Jess is interested in science communication, specifically helping the general public understand complex genetic concepts and learn more about their personal genetic profile.

Alicia Peel

Social media editor
Alicia graduated in Psychology from the University of Bath in 2018 and is now undertaking a 1+3 PhD studentship at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London. As part of this, she completed a MSc in Genes, Environment and Development in Psychiatry. Her PhD research focusses on exploring the factors that underlie differential responses to positive and negative environmental experiences.

Get our latest articles sent directly to your inbox: