Brianna Vandrey

Neural basis of episodic memory.

Dr Brianna Vandrey

Postdoctoral Researcher - Nolan lab

Hugh Robson Building

15 George Square

Edinburgh, EH8 9XD

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 Work: +44 (0) 131 650 3437



Personal profile


  • 2013 MA(Hons) Psychology, University of St Andrews
  • 2014 MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, Durham University
  • 2018 PhD Neuroscience, University of St Andrews


  • Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for Discovery Brain Science, University of Edinburgh


I am interested in the neural basis of episodic memory, with a focus on the role of entorhinal cortex in integrating different types of information. For example, my previous work showed that projections from lateral entorhinal cortex (LEC) to the hippocampus are required to recognise configurations of object, location and context. My current research combines molecular tools, patch-clamp recording and in-vivo electrophysiology to study the organisation of LEC circuits and their connectivity with other structures in the hippocampal formation.


Vandrey, B., Duncan, S., and Ainge, J.A. (2020). Object and object-memory representations across the proximodistal axis of CA1. Hippocampus, 31, 881-896. doi:10.1002/hipo.23331

Gerlei, K., Passlack, J., Hawes, I., Vandrey, B., Stevens, H., Papastathopoulos, I., and Nolan, M.F. (2020). Grid cells are modulated by local head direction. Nature Communications. 11, 4228. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17500-1.

Vandrey, B., Garden, D.L.F., Ambrozova, V., McClure, C., Nolan, M.F., and Ainge, J.A. (2020). Fan cells in layer 2 of the lateral entorhinal cortex are critical for episodic-like memory. Current Biology. 30, 169–175.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.11.027.