Postdoctoral Research Associate
Investigating the neurophysiological mechanisms of motor learning
I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Physiological Neuroimaging Group, working with Professor Charlotte Stagg. During my DPhil, I used behavioural tasks, neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate how pharmacological modulation of GABA-mediated inhibition can influence motor learning and brain chemistry in healthy volunteers and stroke survivors.
Prior to my DPhil, I graduated with a medical degree (MD) from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest in Romania and then completed a M.Sc. in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.
A single, clinically relevant dose of the GABA
agonist baclofen impairs visuomotor learning
Johnstone A. et al, (2021), The Journal of Physiology, 599, 307 - 322
Investigating Different Levels of Bimanual Interaction With a Novel Motor Learning Task: A Behavioural and Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation Study.
Schoenfeld MJ. et al, (2021), Front Hum Neurosci, 15
Recent advances in the role of excitation-inhibition balance in motor recovery post-stroke.
Grigoras I-F. and Stagg CJ., (2021), Fac Rev, 10
Neuronal Transmembrane Chloride Transport Has a Time-Dependent Influence on Survival of Hippocampal Cultures to Oxygen-Glucose Deprivation
Zagrean A-M. et al, (2019), Brain Sciences, 9, 360 - 360
Maternal High-Fat Diet Modifies the Immature Hippocampus Vulnerability to Perinatal Asphyxia in Rats
Isac S. et al, (2018), Neonatology, 114, 355 - 361