Kerry Walker

Kerry
Walker
BSc Memorial, MSc Dalhousie, DPhil Oxf
Research Associate

 

About me

I have been a Fellow of St. Catherine's since 2009, and I serve as Director of Studies for the Biomedical Sciences course at our college.  I am also an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, where I investigate the neural basis of hearing.

 

Teaching

I tutor Biomedical Science, Medicine and Psychology students at St Catherine's College in topics spanning Neuroscience, Cellular Physiology, Statistics and Critical Analysis.

 

Research

My research involves decoding neurons' action potential responses to sounds, and using 2-photon microscopy to observe the spatial organization of these neural responses throughout the brain. Furthermore, we train animals on behavioural tasks to measure how they hear sounds, and how their perception compares to human hearing. The aim of this work is to understand how the auditory cortex represents the features of sound that listeners use to communicate and recognize objects in the world around them.

 

Research Supervision

I have supervised the dissertation projects of many undergraduate and graduate students in my lab, and welcome new opportunities for Catz students to take part in our research.