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Name Dr Michael Ashby
Job title Lecturer
Department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(Hons), PhD
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Society for Neuroscience
British Neuroscience Association
Keywords development of brain circuitry early in life
anatomical plasticity
synaptic plasticity
mammalian cortex
neonatal sensory experience
Areas of expertise My research addresses the development of brain circuitry early in life, when anatomical and synaptic plasticity coordinate dramatically to produce functional circuits in the mammalian cortex. Using high resolution optical stimulation and recording combined with molecular, genetic and electrophysiological methods, I aim to define how neonatal sensory experience influences the normal and pathological cortical circuit development that underlies lifelong brain function.
Media experience TV appearance in BBC documentary on University life