Dr. Colin McNamara

Dr. Colin McNamara

Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

Colin McNamara graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2006 with a BEng (Hons) in Computer Engineering. After graduation, Colin worked as a hardware and software development engineer for the high-performance signal processing integrated-circuit company Analog Devices. In 2011, he completed an M.Sc. in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford which included two research projects; the first investigated dendritic spine morphology in hippocampal organotypic slice cultures (Emptage Group, Department of Pharmacology) and the second investigated pitch perception using multi-electrode extracellular recordings from ferret auditory cortex (King Group, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics). On completion of his M.Sc., Colin joined the Unit for his D.Phil. studies under the supervision of Dr David Dupret, and worked on a project focused on relating the midbrain dopaminergic system to hippocampal cell-assembly dynamics associated with spatial memory function. This project used large-scale extracellular recording combined with optogenetics. In 2015, Colin joined the Sharott Group as a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist and is investigating closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) approaches for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.