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Mouse/rat lines to study sex differences

The following lines are currently available at the University of Oxford: 

If you are interested in using these models in your research please get in touch with me.


Multi-modal MRI characterisation of a mouse model of distal middle cerebral artery occlusion.

In Vivo MRI of the Developing Mouse Brain

Vestibulo-cochlear organ reconstruction from MRI

Kamila Szulc-Lerch

Senior Research Associate

  • WIN MRI Graduate Programme Deputy Director
  • FSL Course Co-Organiser
  • Principal Investigator

I obtained my MSc in Physiology and Neuroscience and PhD in Biomedical Imaging from New York University. My doctoral work focused on developing and applying novel preclinical MRI approaches to studies of brain development using mouse models of human neurodevelopmental disorders. In my studies I used the cerebellum as a model system for quantitative analysis of patterning processes taking place at early postnatal stages. 

Following my PhD, I undertook postdoctoral training, funded by a fellowship from Brain Canada and Kids Brain Health Network, at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Mouse Imaging Centre in Toronto. During this period, I worked on projects exploring the potential of pharmacological and lifestyle interventions to promote brain repair in children with brain tumours. I also worked with preclinical rodent models of radiation and hypoxia-ischaemia induced brain injury.

I joined the University of Oxford in the summer of 2019 to build my research programme in preclinical imaging of post-stroke brain recovery. I am principal investigator (PI) on a John Fell Funded study investigating sex differences in stroke recovery using novel Four Core Genotype (FCG)-like rat model. This project is run in collaboration with Art ArnoldYvonne CouchTracy FarrThomas Okell, David Bannerman and Stuart Peirson.

In addition to my preclinical work, I also have a strong interest in using big data in clinical neuroscience. I am PI on a UK BioBank project investigating the impact of metformin treatment on brain structure and function. More information about the project can be found here.


Myrto Lavda (DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford)

Co-supervisors: Yvonne Couch and Heidi Johansen-Berg

Tien Ho (DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences, October 2024 Entry, University of Oxford)

Co-supervisors: Rogier Mars and Daniel Anthony


Hannah Davis (FHS, University of Oxford)


Emily Moore (MSc in Neuroscience, University of Oxford)

Tien Ho (MSc in Clin. and Therapeutic Neurosci. University of Oxford)

Katie Thompson (MSc in Neuroscience, University of Oxford)

Claire Park (MSc in Neuroscience, University of Oxford)

Eugenio Graceffo (MSc in Neuroscience, University of Oxford)


To inquire about available placements, please email: and include your CV along with a letter of intent describing your research interests. More information about the DPhil programme in Clinical Neurosciences at NDCN can be found here.


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