Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Carolina Gandara de Souza

Research Associate



PhD, Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

MSc, Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

BSc, Biology, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil


Biochemical Society


I am currently working as a research associate in CANDO (Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics using Optogenetics). This is a world-class, multi-site, cross-disciplinary project to develop a cortical implant for optogenetic neural control. The goal is to create a first-in-human trial in patients with focal epilepsy.  This seven year, £10M Innovative Engineering for Health Award, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) involves a team of over 30 neuroscientists, engineers and clinicians based at Newcastle University, Imperial College London, University College London and The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.