Dr Timothy O'Leary
I study regulatory control in the nervous system using engineering approaches and experimental physiology. I am interested in the general principles and mechanisms that allow biological nervous systems to develop, self-organise, adapt and store information. Remarkably, there is overwhelming evidence that nervous systems are highly variable and in constant flux, to a far higher degree than one might expect given its intricate functions. Understanding the sources and consequences of this variability and what it implies about regulatory mechanisms is a key goal in my research, relevant to basic questions in neuroscience as well as a better understanding of disease.