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Here you will find information about my current research and interests, along with details of past projects in which I have been involved.

I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher in Neural Engineering at the Dpt of Clinical Neurosciences at the University Hospital in Lausanne (CHUV), working in close collaboration with the Centre for Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). I am funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union through an MSCA 2-year Individal Fellowship (#793419).

Under the supervision of Prof. Jocelyne Bloch, head of the Service of Neurosurgery at CHUV, my research direction is focused on the development of closed-loop neuromodulation therapies to alleviate deficits of gait and balance in patients with Parkinson's disease. PreviousIy, I worked with Prof Rafal Bogacz and Prof Peter Brown at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit (Oxford University) where I developed computational models and real-time control algorithms to optimise deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapies.

My training is in Electrical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. My main interests are focused on the design of adaptive neuromodulation therapies able to address subject-specific motor deficits after neurological disorders. I am particularly compelled by the idea of pushing forward personalised treatments that dynamically interact with the nervous system in space and time, using feedback of ongoing neural and motor performance.

The potential of electrical neuromodulation to alleviate motor impairments and boost recovery is immense, but therapies critically need to go beyond current passive approaches and intelligently interact with ongoing pathological neural dynamics. Robust, clinically-relevant treatments must ecologically exploit -rather than over-write- the capabilities of the underlying neural circuits. They are thus critically contingent on a mechanistic understanding of the neural processes that underlie motor function and dysfunction.

My goal is to contribute to the design of therapies that combine recording and stimulation of multiple neural structures, simultaneously and in real-time, together with computational modelling, in order to understand, capture and alleviate impairments that emerge from complex interactions between inter-connected dysfunctional circuits.

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