Dr Cassandra Sampaio Baptista
- Lecturer (Stroke & Brain Imaging)
I am a neuroscientist using a multidisciplinary approach to investigate functional and structural plasticity, from the cellular level to systems levels, in healthy and clinical populations such as stroke survivors. I am a lecturer and principal investigator at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and affiliated with GEMRIC (https://www.gemric.gla.ac.uk/), CCNi and the Centre for Neuroscience. I graduated with a Msc and Dphil (PhD) in Neuroscience from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg and Professor David Bannerman. My research focuses on brain plasticity in response to experiences such as skill learning or rehabilitation during adulthood, with the aim to harness brain plasticity to improve learning, rehabilitation and promote healthy aging. I use behavioural interventions and techniques that modulate brain activity to assess these effects on brain structure and function. For instance, I'm currently using neurofeedback fMRI to investigate how modulation of brain activity can lead to brain changes and behavioural improvements as a potential adjunct rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors. Further, I'm using preclinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a translational tool in conjunction with established cellular techniques to elucidate the underlying cellular mechanisms of brain plasticity. I've made important contributions to the field of white matter and myelin plasticity, demonstrating that myelin plays an overlooked role in motor learning. I welcome interest and inquiries from prospective students and postdocs to join my group.