People in Clinical Neuroscience
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Nottingham Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
I received my PhD in Biomedical Science from the University of Nottingham in 2013, where I demonstrated that auditory spatial information is transformed along ascending auditory pathways. In the same year I joined Dr Paul Chaddertion's Neural Circuits lab at Imperial College London, using optogenetics to demonstrate the importance of auditory cortex in learning sound statistics. I next moved to Prof Jenny Bizley's lab at University College London where I developed an animal behavioural paradigm for probing the neural circuits of speech processing in noise. In 2020 I was awarded a prestigious Nottingham Research Fellowship to setup my own neural circuits lab, applying opto and chemogenetics to probe the neural circuits of hearing-in-noise.
The real world is usually noisy and so when we, for example, listen to a friend talk it is rarely in silence. Instead we receive a jumbled mixture of noise and speech. From this mixture the brain… read more
The real world is usually noisy and so when we, for example, listen to a friend talk it is rarely in silence. Instead we receive a jumbled mixture of noise and speech. From this mixture the brain must extract your friends voice and ignore the noise. As we age we lose our ability to do this, effecting our quality of life and health. Understanding how the brain extracts important sensory signals from noise is a fundamental neuroscience problem. Understanding how aging and hearing loss affect this process is an important human healthcare problem. My work attempts to address both problems by investigating the neural circuit for extracting signals in noise but also how this circuit is affected by aging and hearing loss.