Our Exec

Timothy Wise

President & Co-Founder

I am a 4th-year Biosciences student from Castle who took a year abroad in The Netherlands. My neuroscience interest encompasses how brain development and deterioration influence all aspects of our lives, from behaviour to cognitive ability, and how mental health interweaves it all. Learning and languages also intrigue me as to how our brains put meaning to just noise or squiggles on a page that we can understand and learn.

My aim as president is to create an engaging talk series with member-led discussions to allow members to learn about and experience neuroscience in an open atmosphere along with developing personal skills and connections. I want to make sure that you can get what you want out of DUNE and we will do our best to be your stepping stone in neuroscience.

Emma Cwiklinski

Secretary & Co-Founder

I am a fourth-year MBiol student at Josephine Butler. I undertook a Summer Research Placement in Winnipeg, Canada. One of the multiple reasons I am interested is neuroscience is to learn how neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Dementia and Schizophrenia develop and how they affect the brain functioning and lives of individuals who are diagnosed. I also want to learn ways that these disorders can be prevented or treated. My role within the society is to help assist in the planning of any events we decide to host as well as being one of the ports of call for any queries you may have about the society. We have many exciting events and talks planned for the coming year and I hope you all enjoy and take part!

Elwyn Rowlands

Head of Publicity & Outreach; Co-Founder

I am a fourth-year Music Student from Castle who undertook an Erasmus Placement at the Sorbonne Université in Paris.

It may seem odd to find a music student among the exec for the Durham Neuroscience Society, but I have always enjoyed learning about music’s impact on the brain during my spare time. I enjoy finding out about possible clinical benefits of music therapy for conditions like Alzheimer’s to learning about how different genres of music stimulate different areas of the brain. When I’m not playing either violin or piano and being a complete and utter music geek in general, you will usually find me reading a book, doodling, or being chaotic!

Dilan Philibert


I’m a Second Year NatSci student from Collingwood college, studying Physics and Biology here at Durham. I’m the treasurer for the Neuroscience society which means that my job is to manage the financial responsibilities of DUNE and ensure the society stays financially inclusive to everyone who wants to join in and learn about neuroscience.

My fascination in Neuroscience began when I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome as a child and became familiar with the neuroscience team at the hospital during my recovery. Since then I’ve explored everything I could to do with neuroscience, from nouveau research and medical techniques to behavioural studies and more.

Karina Piotrowska

Outreach Officer

I am a second year NatSci student, studying Biology and Chemistry! I’m interested in the molecular/ signalling pathways that lead to addiction disorders and how we can potentially design drugs to treat addiction. I find it fascinating learning how such a complex behaviour works at the cellular level.

My role within this society is to help spread the word about the society and all events, making sure DUNE is a place where everyone feels welcome. I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Winter Hong

Welfare & Outreach Officer

I’m a third year Psychology student and I’m going to be your welfare and outreach officer this year! One of my favourite neurotransmitters is serotonin and I’m into whales and mushrooms! I’m very excited for all the fascinating talks and can’t wait to meet you all!

Flora Loh

Conference exec

I am a Masters’s student on the MSc Cognitive Neuroscience course. I did my undergraduate in Psychology at Durham as well. As a psychology student, my interests mostly revolve around Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience. My current research area is on visual perception among stroke survivors.

As conference exec, I help coordinate and plan our upcoming Neuroscience North East 2022 conference along with the other exec members. I’m very grateful and excited for this opportunity. Looking forward to meeting you in our social and academic events!