About Me

I am one of the Principal Investigators in the EXG Research Group, hosted in the Academic Unit of Neurology. I am also a Royal Society-Science Foundation Ireland Research Fellow and a Research Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin. My research applies an engineering approach to analyse electrophysiological signals from the brain and muscle, using this information to gain a window into the function of the nervous system. I am particularly interested in how we can use these recordings to gain new insights into conditions where normal motor control is disrupted (in stroke, fatigue, in Parkinson’s disease and in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, also known as motor neurone disease).

My current research, funded by the Royal Society, SFI and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, will use high density electrode grids to examine the neuroelectric signalling between the brain and motor neurons in ALS. This project will be the first to incorporate direct estimates from motor units to examine brain-muscle connectivity in ALS. These connectivity markers will be used to develop precision-medicine based biomarkers of disease that can be incorporated into ALS clinical trials.