BA(hons)., MSc., Ph.D
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Thalamo-Cortical Interactions in Cognition Lab with Dr Anna Mitchell. I am particularly interested in how the nuclei of the medial and anterior-dorsal thalamus, along with their wider cortical/subcortical networks, support learning, memory and decision making processes. Damage to, or disruption of, these thalamo-cortical and thalamo-limbic circuits has been strongly implicated in the impaired cognition found in many neurological disorders.
In our current work, we plan to use a multimodal approach to investigate how the medial thalamus and its cortical connections interact to support learning, memory and decision making processes in the brain. This will involve examining electrophysiological and functional (imaging) activity both within and between the medial thalamus and its connected cortex during cognitive behavioural tasks. We then plan to use neurotoxic lesions, pharmacological agents or optogenetics to examine the cognitive and functional impact of disruption or dysfunction to these cortico-thalamo-cortical circuits.