Dr. Tim West
Dr. Tim West
Tim studied for a B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences at University College London, completing his undergraduate thesis on the study of cochlear biophysics at the Ear Institute. He then went on to complete an M.Res. and subsequent Ph.D. at the UCL Centre for Computation, Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX), where he specialized in computational modelling and signal analysis of brain activity. During his doctoral research, Tim was based at the UCL Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, where he conducted a project investigating the mechanisms underlying the emergence of pathological brain rhythms associated with Parkinson’s disease. In 2017, Tim was awarded the Bogue Fellowship in order to undertake a project supervised by Prof. Steven Bressler at Florida Atlantic University, in which he investigated the role of cortico-subthalamic phase synchronization upon subcortical beta activity.
Tim joined the Cagnan Group in February 2019. His research is focused on elucidating the neuronal network mechanisms involved in tremulous movement associated with diseases such as essential tremor, Parkinsonism, and dystonia. As part of this, Tim is using recently developed techniques in portable magnetoencephalography to identify how these networks are modulated in response to voluntary movement in patients.