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Dr Olga Tiurikova
Queen Square House
Tel: 07407242581
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  • Research Fellow
  • Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Olga Tiurikova is a research fellow in the laboratory of Synaptic Imaging in the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology since 2020.

Olga has a PhD from University College London in neuroscience. Her thesis explored the role of astrocytic glutamate transporters and inward rectifying potassium channels (Kir4.1) in shaping synaptic transmission and potential gene therapy avenues towards the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Before coming to UCL Olga obtained her MSc in biophysics from Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). Olga performed her MSc qualification project at RIKEN institute (Japan), where she worked as an intern from 2013 till 2014.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Olga’s research focuses on identifying and understanding key pathways involved in memory formation. Olga uses an advanced, up-to-date imaging methodology (multiplexed fluorescent imaging and FLIM) to investigate principal mechanisms underpinning astroglia regulation of excitatory synaptic transmission.  Identification of these pathways may allow for a proposal of new avenues towards the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as hippocampal sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, and epilepsy.

Olga has initiated and led multiple international collaborations, including research groups in the University of Alberta, Medical University of Graz, Austria and the Queen Mary University of London. 

Teaching Summary
Throughout her career, Olga is actively involved in teaching. She published two laboratory guidance for students, mentored five high school and two PhD students, held four hands-on workshops. Olga also participated in UCL work experience weeks at the Institute of Neurology and marked essays for the applied experimental approaches module.
Academic Background
    MSc in Biophysics  
    Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroscience  
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