I am the head of the Deafness and Neural Plasticity Lab. Using neuroimaging, pharmacological and behavioural techniques, my main research interest is neural plasticity, aiming to understand the capabilities and constraints of the human brain. My research focuses on deafness, because of the possibility to study neural plasticity in cognitive and sensory systems, and the strong potential for societal impact.
I graduated from the Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL. Before joining DCAL as Associate Professor, I was a Lecturer at the School of Psychology of the University of East Anglia (UEA), and a Research Associate at DCAL, Linköping University and Royal Holloway University of London.
I have received grants from international and national sources, including funds from the BBSRC, Linköping University, the Russian Research Council and Action on Hearing Loss.
I am actively involved in communicating research to the general public and to 3rd sector and government organisations, including organising the workshop “Neural Plasticity: Insights from Deafness and Language” (Wellcome Trust, June, 2016), and being part of the Prevention and Early Intervention Mission Group of the UK Council on Deafness.