Dr. Petra Fischer

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Dr. Petra Fischer

Associate Unit Member

Petra’s research focusses on how neuronal synchronization within the cortico-basal ganglia-thalamo-cortical network contributes to the coordination of neuronal activity for movement control. She is also working towards developing more individualized treatments for movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.

In 2017, Petra received her D.Phil. in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, where she was supervised by Professor Peter Brown and Huiling Tan. For Petra’s doctoral thesis, entitled "Neuronal dynamics of flexible motor control in the human subthalamic nucleus and cortex", she recorded local field potential activity from the subthalamic nucleus in people with Parkinson’s, studying the role of such activity in upper limb movements and gait.

Petra continued to work at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit as a postdoctoral researcher, and in 2018, was appointed as Tilleard Cole Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College. In August 2021, Petra moved to the University of Bristol as a Lecturer in Neuroscience to set up her own research group. She continues to collaborate with researchers at the Unit.

Selected Publications
Unit Publication
Fischer P
2021. eNeuro, (Apr 19):ENEURO.0009-21.2021.
Unit Publication
Fischer P
Lipski WJ
Neumann WJ
Turner R
Fries P
Brown P
Richardson RM
2020. eLife, 9:e51956.
Unit Publication
Fischer P
Pogosyan A
Herz DM
Cheeran B
Green AL
Fitzgerald J
Aziz TZ
Hyam J
Little S
Foltynie T
Limousin P
Zrinzo L
Brown P
Tan H
2017. eLife, 6:e23947
Unit Publication
Fischer P
Chen CC
Chang YJ
Yeh CH
Pogosyan A
Herz DM
Cheeran B
Green AL
Aziz TZ
Hyam J
Little S
Foltynie T
Limousin P
Zrinzo L
Hasegawa H
Samuel M
Ashkan K
Brown P
Tan H
2018. J. Neurosci., 38(22):5111-5121.
Unit Publication
Fischer P
Pogosyan A
Green AL
Aziz TZ
Hyam J
Foltynie T
Limousin P
Zrinzo L
Samuel M
Ashkan K
Da Lio M
De Cecco M
Fornaser A
Brown P
Tan H
2019. Neurobiol. Dis., 127:253-263.