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Felicity Inkpen

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Biography

Postdoctoral researcher in the Kind Lab.

 finkpen@ed.ac.uk

 

Current Research Interests

  • Development of cortical networks, specifically, the divergence of developmental trajectories during critical periods in Fragile X syndrome
  • Combining electrophysiology and calcium imaging in novel experimental approaches to probe developing somatosensory networks 
  • Developing computational techniques to understand the encoding of information across neuronal development
  • Using mathematical approaches for the interpretation of patterns of neural activity in developing cortical networks
  • Developing approaches for probing homeostatic mechanisms and developmental metaplasticity

 

My research in a nutshell

How do different brains grow and develop? My work considers considers the forces driving brain development, early in life, and how these forces are changed in neurodivergent brains. I look at a neurodevelopmental disorder, Fragile X syndrome, and see how the neurons in Fragile X brains communicate with one another. I use both experiments and computer modelling to try to understand how different brains collect and store information about the outside world in the first few weeks of life. 

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