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Dr. Alice Witney



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Email: awitney@tcd.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 896 1019

Dr Witney has been an Assistant Professor in Physiology at TCD since 2008, affiliated with TCIN and TCBE. From 2004-2008 she held a Wellcome Fellowship in the Zoology Department at the University of Cambridge, UK. Here electrophysiological recordings and high speed video analysis were applied to the study of sensorimotor control in insect model systems. In 2002, she held a JEB travelling fellowship to the Marine Biological Laboratory, US for the Neural Systems and Behavior course. From 2001-2004 she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Rheumatology and Psychology Departments at the University of Birmingham. Research included the study of sensorimotor control in healthy humans using motion capture techniques as well as community and hospital based projects with patients with arthritis. In 2001 she gained a PhD in human motor control from the Sobell Department, Institute of Neurology, UCL, UK. This research used the control of grip force as a model for understanding the role of prediction in movement using two computer controlled robotic interfaces. She gained a first class BSc (hons) degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews in 1997, including the award of a Robert T Jones Jnr Scholarship to Western University, Canada in 1995.

Research Interests

Our research focuses on the following topics:

  • Neuromodulation
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Posture and balance

Funding Bodies

Our research has and is currently supported, in part, by:

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Irish Research Council (IRC)
  • The Wellcome Trust

Open Positions

We would be interested in hearing from anyone interested in applying for IRC scholarships to work in the laboratory.