About the Project
The aim of this project is to use exciting new methods (large-scale electrophysiological recording, behaviour imaging, machine learning) to investigate this general issue. Specifically, we will test between competing hypotheses for how motor state influences the activity of neurons in sensory cortex. This will be done by recording the activity of neurons in the somatosensory cortex using state-of-the-art Neuropixels probes.
This project will suit motivated students with a passion for interdisciplinary neuroscience, involving both experimental and computational methods. Students might come either a biology/neuroscience background or from a physical sciences background.
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select PhD Neuroscience.
For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit http://www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.
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Campagner D., Evans M.H., Chlebikova K., Colins-Rodriguez A., Loft M.S.E., Fox S., Pettifer D., Humphries M.D., Svoboda K. and Petersen R.S. (2019) Prediction of choice from competing mechanosensory and choice-memory cues during active tactile decision making. Journal of Neuroscience
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Campagner D., Evans M., Bale M.R., Erskine A., Petersen R.S. (2016) Prediction of primary somatosensory neuron activity during active tactile exploration Elife 5:e10696 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.10696.
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