Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Department of Psychological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London
Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
Kings College London
Dr Samuel Cooke (Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, King’s College London)
Prof Emily Jones (CBCD, Birkbeck, University of London)
Prof Robert Leech (Neuroimaging, King’s College London)
My research is focussed on the neuroscience behind how memory and learning occur in the developing brain. I am interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of memory and learning and how this is affected by dysregulation, for example in neurodevelopmental disorders. To investigate this, I am researching a fundamental form of learning and memory – habituation and novelty.
A large aspect of my work is focussing on translational techniques, I will therefore be using a variety of methods throughout my PhD to investigate habituation and novelty in the developing brain. My PhD will include in vivo and in vitro work at the King’s College London, Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, as well as non-invasive neuroimaging techniques, such as EEG, at the CBCD.
PhD Neuroscience – King’s College London & Birkbeck (2021 - present)
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Sheffield Hallam University (2014 - 2018)
2021 – PhD Rotation Project
Understanding the mechano-regulation of ovarian aging, King’s College London
2018-2021 – Clinical Research Assistant
Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia, University of Oxford/ Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2018 – BSc Final year research project
Investigating aquaporin 1 expression in the brain in relation to temporal lobe epilepsy, Sheffield Hallam University
2016-2017 – Year in Industry Placement student
Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism, University of Sheffield/ Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2014 – Project Assistant
MBRRACE-UK, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Webb, A., Werring, D., Dawson, J., Rothman, A., Lawson, A., & Wartolowska, K. (2021). Design of a randomised, double-blind, crossover, placebo-controlled trial of effects of sildenafil on cerebrovascular function in small vessel disease: Oxford haemodynamic adaptation to reduce pulsatility trial (OxHARP). Eur Stroke J, 6(3), 283-290. https://doi.org/10.1177/23969873211026698
Webb, A. J., Lawson, A., Li, L., Mazzucco, S., Rothwell, P. M., & Oxford Vascular Study Phenotyped Cohort. (2021). Physiological determinants of residual cerebral arterial pulsatility on best medical treatment after TIA or minor stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, 41(6), 1463-1471. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271678X20969984
Webb, A. J., Lawson, A., Mazzucco, S., Li, L., & Rothwell, P. M. (2021). Age and sex distribution of beat-to-beat blood pressure variability after transient ischemic attack and minor stroke: A population-based study. Int J Stroke, 16(6), 683-691. https://doi.org/10.1177/1747493020971905
Webb, A. J. S., Lawson, A., Mazzucco, S., Li, L., Rothwell, P. M., & Oxford Vascular Study Phenotyped Cohort. (2021). Body Mass Index and Arterial Stiffness Are Associated With Greater Beat-to-Beat Blood Pressure Variability After Transient Ischemic Attack or Minor Stroke. Stroke, 52(4), 1330-1338. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.031179
Webb, A. J. S., Lawson, A., Wartolowska, K., Mazzucco, S., & Rothwell, P. M. (2021). Progression of Beat-to-Beat Blood Pressure Variability Despite Best Medical Management. Hypertension, 77(1), 193-201. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.16290
Webb, A. J. S., Lawson, A., Wartolowska, K., Mazzucco, S., Rothwell, P. M., & the Oxford Vascular Study Phenotyped Cohort. (2021). Aortic Stiffness, Pulse Pressure, and Cerebral Pulsatility Progress Despite Best Medical Management: The OXVASC Cohort. Stroke, STROKEAHA121035560. https://doi.org/10.1161/STROKEAHA.121.035560
Conference Presentations / Posters
Lawson, A., Cooke, S.F. & Jones, E.J. Investigating the cortical mechanisms of habituation and novelty in the developing brain. Poster presented at LIDo 10 Year Anniversary Gala, September 2022.
Lawson, A., Cooke, S.F. & Jones, E.J. Investigating the cortical mechanisms of habituation and novelty in the developing brain. Presentation at LIDo Presentation Day, July 2022.
Lawson, A., Jonas, K. & Gentleman, E. Understanding the mechano-regulation of ovarian aging. Poster presented at LIDo Presentation Day, February 2022.
Awards / funding
PhD studentship: London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme (LIDo), funded by BBSRC and King’s College London