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Dongsheng Xiao, PhD, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health

I am a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience, and I hold an MD-PhD with a specialization in brain disorders. My research interests are in discovering brain circuits that underlie sensorimotor integration and motor functions. Understanding the neural basis of motor functions would help us find effective treatments for motor deficits, such as Stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

One of the exciting directions in our lab is to develop cutting-edge neurophysiological techniques and instrumentation to probe the complex information flow in the brain during sensorimotor processing. We are also involved in cultivating artificial intelligence and computer vision to automate exploratory mining of our rich neural and video datasets. My current focus is to discover what spatiotemporal patterns in the brain activity would be associated with a specific type of voluntary or involuntary motor act. I investigate this with calcium imaging and electrophysiological recordings on the mouse model, which has offered us invaluable scientific insights into how the human brain works.