I am a biomedical engineer and my primary goal is to develop new medical technology to improve the management of epilepsy. I have 10 years of experience in epilepsy research, which include seizure detection and anticipation using EEG, therapeutic electrical stimulation to abate seizures, probing the brain (with electrical or magnetic stimulation) to track cortical excitability and heart rate variability in relation to seizure occurrence. The research was conducted in human patients in a clinical setting, as well as in in-vivo models. In particular, I have experience with recording EEG from four species, as well as the use of electrical stimulation to abate and anticipate seizures in two of those species.
Currently, my main focus is developing an under-the-scalp implantable device for long-term seizure monitoring in order to improve the management of epilepsy patients. This work is being carried out by our multi-disciplinary team consisting of A/Prof Chris Williams, Dr Yuri Benovitski (neuroscientist and biomedical engineer, respectively, Bionics Institute), A/Prof Michael Murphy, A/Prof Wendyl D'Souza and Prof Mark Cook (neurosurgeon and neurologists, respectively, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and The University of Melbourne) with the ultimate goal of world-wide clinical use for the device. More recently, I have collaborated on other projects within The University of Melbourne including the use of electrical stimulation to improve post-stroke recovery with Dr Roulston (neuroscientist, Department of Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne), nitrous oxide as a humane method of piglet euthanasia with Dr Jean-Loup Rault (animal behaviour scientist, Animal Welfare Science Centre) and development of a novel neural electrode with Dr Nicholas Apollo (materials physicist, School of Physics).