Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2014
    Research Associate, BBSRC “Future Leaders Anniversary Fellow”, Dept. of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Mentor: Dr Amy L Milton.

  • 2009 – 2013
    PhD in Neuroscience. Université Pierre et Marie Curie, (UPMC), France. Thesis Advisor: Dr Peter Vanhoutte. Using both in vitro and in vivo approaches, my PhD work demonstrated for the first time that cocaine-induced brain signalling and behaviour requires specific neurotransmitter receptors to form a physical complex. Follow-on projects are now funded to continue this work and use the techniques I developed in the lab.

  • 2008 – 2009
    MSc in Neuroscience. Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France. Supervisor: Prof Serge Laroche. I investigated whether learning deficits in a mouse model of the mental retardation syndrome “Coffin-Lowry Syndrome” could be rescued by enriching the animals’ environment with mazes, running wheels and play mates.

    BA in Natural Sciences. Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland. Supervisor: Dr Aine Kelly. My undergraduate research project assessed how exercise could improve object recognition memory in rats.

Selected publications

  • Cahill E, Pascoli V, Trifilieff P, Lüscher C, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P “D1R/GluN1 complexes in the striatum integrate dopamine and glutamate signalling to control synaptic plasticity and cocaine-induced responses”. Molecular Psychiatry, 2014, Dec; 19(12):1295-304. doi: 10.1038/mp.2014.73.

  • Pascoli V, Cahill E, Bellivier F, Caboche J, Vanhoutte P “Extracellular Signal-Regulated Protein Kinases 1 and 2 Activation by Addictive Drugs: A Signal Toward Pathological Adaptation.” (Review) Biological Psychiatry, 2014, Dec 15;76(12):917-26. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.04.005.

  • Cahill E, Salery M, Vanhoutte P, Caboche J “Convergence of dopamine and glutamate signaling onto striatal ERK activation in response to drugs of abuse.” (Review) Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2014 Jan 8;4:172. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2013.00172.

  • Roze E, Cahill E, Martin E, Bonnet C, Vanhoutte P, Betuing S, Caboche J “Huntington’s disease and striatal signaling” (Review) Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, 2011, Aug 5:55. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2011.00055.

  • Larkin A, Fahey B, Gobbo O, Callaghan CK, Cahill E, O'Mara SM, Kelly AM “Blockade of NMDA receptors pre-training, but not post-training, impairs object displacement learning in the rat” Brain Research, 2008, Mar 14;1199:126-32. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2008.01.019.

Complete list of publications

Media coverage

  • TEDx Talk, Limassol, Cyprus

  • Interviewed by kids for radio. As part of a Naked Neuroscientist podcast series.

  • Cambridge Science Festival: Visited a local primary school to talk to kids about the brain and how we can study it (the Grove Primary School).

  • Cambridge Science Festival: Presented in the Dept of Psychology some of the research we are doing to the public.

  • Guest Speaker BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. “Naked Scientists” programme on post-tramatic stress disorder.

  • Cambridge Festival of Ideas: Speaker. “Mind full of memories” event, hosted by Downing College.

  • Cambridge Area Partnership: Speaker. Talked to teens on Science and possible scientific career paths, in Chesterton Community College.

  • ThinkOutreach Project: YouTube Talk, I gave a short talk turned into a YouTube clip on how the brain forms memories.

  • Q&A panellist as a Memory expert. For launch of documentary on amnesia “The man whose mind exploded”, Cambridge Picturehouse Cinema.

  • Pint of Science Festival: Speaker for public talk on “Modifying Memories”, 2014

  • Cambridge Science Festival: Demonstrated simple and fun experiments to explain how implicit memory works, 2014

  • “Im a Scientist, get me out of here!” selected to be a contestant. The scientists are quizzed by school kids on a wide variety of science topics through online chat, 2013

  • Brain Week: speaker. 2013 “The synaptic symphony- Music and the Brain”. 2012: “Learning and Memory”. 2011: “How do we get hooked?”.

  • Volunteer for the “Neurodon”, a French national campaign to raise money for neuroscience research, 2010 – 2013

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Public Engagement

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Executive Graduate Tutor and Fellow in Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge


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