Kate Jeffery

Kate Jeffery
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Alma materUniversity of Otago, University of Edinburgh
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Academic advisorsJohn O'Keefe

Kathryn Jane Jeffery is a neuroscientist from New Zealand. She is a professor of behavioural neuroscience at University College London. She studies how the brain encodes three-dimensional space and its role in navigation.

Early life and career

Jeffery graduated with a degree of MB ChB from the University of Otago in 1985.[1] After working as a house officer, she returned to the University of Otago to complete a master's degree in 1989 under the supervision of Cliff Abraham.[1][2] She completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1993 under the supervision of Richard Morris.[1][2][3] During this time she worked in the same lab as May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.[4] She went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher with John O'Keefe, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize for his work on place cells, at University College London.[1][4] Jeffery correctly predicted he would win the Nobel Prize in a tweet.[4]

Jeffery stayed at University College London to become a lecturer and later a professor.[1] Here, she founded the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience, of which she is also director.[1][5]

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