I am a Research Fellow based at the Clinical Ageing Research Unit. My role is held within the Translational and Clinical Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
My research interests are changes in mobility and motor control in older adults and people with neurodegenerative disease. I take a multi-system approach analysing the interaction of motor and cognitive systems. A specific interest is nonlinearity of biosignals and multi-muscle activity patterns as a measure of changes in motor networks. I am currently leading a project to develop a novel embedded wearable device to measure muscle health in older adults. My research is interdisciplinary, and I collaborate closely with colleagues in Engineering as well as with industry. I supervise BSc, MRES, MSc and PhD students and interns.
In addition to research, I teach on the Biology of Ageing module and am Equality, Diversity, Inclusivity lead for the Neuroscience, Neurodisability and Neurological Disorders Theme. I am a member of the FMS Ethics Committee and the MBBS student selection panel.
My first role at Newcastle University was as a Newcastle University Research Fellow in 2016.
Recent grants include ESRC ISCF Healthy Ageing Catalyst Award, Newcastle University Wellcome Trust Partnership Award and EU H2020- Industrial training network MSC award. I am also a collaborator on the EU Innovative Medicines Initiative Mobilise-D award.
Journals I have published in include Nature partner-journal: Parkinson’s disease, Sensors, Frontiers in Neurology, Neural Rehabilitation & Neural Repair, Gait & Posture and Journal of Neurophysiology.