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Dr Alexandra Constantinescu
Alexandra House
UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
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  • Research Associate
  • Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I was born in Bucharest, Romania, and I was brought up to become a medical doctor and a pianist. The plans have changed slightly as the years went by. After graduating from Medicine in Bucharest, I came to the University of Oxford to do a Wellcome Trust MSc + PhD in Neuroscience and learn about other cultures. I have continued this route during my post-doc at University College London while rediscovering the beauty of being out in nature. 

Thanks to widespread support, I have traveled to many scientific events throughout the world (and gave a ridiculous number of invited talks about my PhD work).

Research Summary

I am a neuroscientist at the UCL Space and Memory Lab. I investigate how humans navigate their spatial and non-spatial memories as they apply the memory palace technique. I use virtual reality (inspired by the Hogwarts Great Hall from Harry Potter), combined with behavioural tasks and functional MRI in humans. Previously during my PhD at the University of Oxford, we found that humans use the grid cell code to form maps of conceptual, non-spatial memories. As part of a UCL-Oxford collaboration we aim to develop a novel analysis to characterize the grid cell code in physical space, using 7T fMRI.

Academic Background
    Wellcome Trust MSc + PhD in Neuroscience  
    Doctor of Medicine - MD  
    ATQ-11 Recognised by Advance HE as an Associate Fellow against Descriptor 1 of the UKPSF  
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