I am working on my Master’s of Neuroscience degree at the University of Calgary under Dr. Patrick Whelan. I am applying 6 years of research experience to understand the neural control mechanisms for the generation of movement to my current project. In that time I have applied a variety of experimental techniques ranging from electrophysiology to behaviour and tissue post-hoc.
My current project is focused on looking at the therapeutic potential of stimulating an under-studied population of hypothalamic dopaminergic neurons to treat motor symptoms in a mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease. For my project, I will be working to develop tools that allow for expansive analysis of gait and motor features in my parkinsonian model mice during stimulation.