Alice Monica Koltchev

Features editor & co-founder

Alice graduated from King’s College London in 2020 with an MSci in Neuroscience. During her time there, and with some course-mates, Alice created The Nucleus Magazine as a hub for science communication at King’s. After completing a Master’s exploring neural regeneration after severe spinal cord injury, Alice now works at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, where she is working on innate processing of visual fear and drive of exploratory behaviour in the ventral Lateral Geniculate Nucleus.

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. During her time at King’s she was also part of the founding group of The Nucleus Magazine. 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

Opinions editor & social media editor (twitter)

Helena graduated in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol in 2018 before completing a MSc in Research, 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 psychiatric disorders.

Clemens Kiecker

Research & News co-editor

Clemens graduated in Biochemistry from the Freie Universitaet Berlin in 1997 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. 

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.

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.

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 (instagram)

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.

Vincent Marques