Sezgi is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Paediatrics. Her research involves using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the neural correlates underlying a newborn infant’s pain experience. In addition she is interested in exploring further MRI techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging in order to map the development of pain pathways in the brain.
Sezgi completed her DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. She was awarded an MRC Studentship to work with the Paediatric and infant Pain and Anaesthesia (PiPA) group. Before moving to Oxford in 2012 to undertake her graduate studies, she completed her undergraduate masters in Natural Sciences at University College London. Her undergraduate consisted of the combined study of Neuroscience and Statistics, which provided a perfect background for pursuing her current research using brain imaging.
Sezgi hopes this new methodology can help to better our understanding of how the newborn infant brain is developing in order to process painful inputs and inform improvements in future treatment of infant pain.