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DPhil start date

5 October 2020


Professor James FitzGerald and Professor Brian Andrews (visiting professor)

Linshan Chu

BEng (Hons), MSc

DPhil student

In 2019, I completed my bachelor degree in bioengineering at the University of Sheffield. I was supervised by Professor Daniel Coca for my BEng final year project and the topic of my project was to investigate the drosophila brain network controllability and to their corresponding ‘control profile’ of different local processing functional units in of their brain connectome to identify the relationship between control profile features and the function categories of each local processing unit. The project also indicated the dominant neurons and their functions in drosophila, which can potentially to be used interdisciplinary fields, such as brain network visualisation, robot design, clinic diagnosis and surgical priority decision.

In 2020, I completed my MSc degree in translational neuroscience at Imperial College London. During my six-month project, I worked in Professor Simone Di Giovanni’s Lab group and focused on neuroregeneration field. The project aimed to investigate how do the metabolic, immune and microbiome system play their roles individually and synergically in the neuroregeneration process after peripheral nervous system and central nervous system injuries. 

Now, I step into my DPhil study and I'm involved in the Oxford Neural Interfacing group. My interest is to apply bioengineering, especially tissue engineering techniques into the treatments of neurological diseases, to help with the regeneration and the functional recovery. 

Under the supervision of Professor James FitzGerald and Professor Brian Andrews in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, I am currently working on designing an implantable device to improve the functional recovery after neuromuscular diseases, mainly focusing on denervated muscle stimulation after various typed of injuries.