Olesia Bilash

I completed my BSc at McGill University, where I studied Biology and Neuroscience. The original plan was to become a cancer biology researcher, but after taking an Intro to Neuroscience course in my second year, I became fascinated with molecular and cellular neuroscience. I found it amazing that all thoughts, memories, actions, and emotions could be broken down into patterns of electrical and chemical signaling within and between neurons. Later during my undergrad, I worked in Dr. Edward Ruthazer’s lab, studying the activity-dependent changes in axon morphology in retinotectal projections of Xenopus laevis tadpoles.
With my background in cell biology and neuroscience, I am curious to understand how neurons behave at an individual level and how they function collectively, in order to form the circuits that control important aspects of our everyday lives. Now a second-year PhD student in the Basu lab, I will be using slice electrophysiology to characterize the reciprocal projections between CA1 and the lateral and medial entorhinal cortex (LEC and MEC). One detail at a time, I hope to contribute to our understanding of the hippocampus’s role in learning and memory.
Among my interests outside the lab, I enjoy exploring the world through a camera lens and being a Ukrainian Plast Scout.