Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Wei Xu

Research Associate

Background

I am currently studying the role of the motor system in sleep: how waking neuronal patterns can be replayed during sleep to aid offline consolidation of procedural learning.  I have designed and carried out in-vivo, in-vitro, psychophysics and computational modelling studies in rodents, non-human primates and humans.   


Academic employment history

2015-present:

Postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience, Newcastle University, Andrew Jackson lab

2014-2015:

Postdoctoral researcher, Newcastle University, Stuart Baker lab

 

Education and training

2012-2014:

Trainee doctor, National Health Service Newcastle hospitals

2010-2012:

MB/BChir (clinical medicine), Cambridge University

2007-2010:

PhD Neuroscience (intercalated MB/PhD programme), Cambridge University

2003-2006:

BA (preclinical medicine, physiology), Cambridge University


Collaborators

Dr Fiona Le Beau, Newcastle University.

Dr Mark Baker, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

Professor Richard Apps, Bristol University.

Research

I am currently carrying out simultaneous long-term single-unit and field potential recordings from the primary motor cortex and the cerebellum during free behaviour and during sleep.  These experiments are designed to elucidate how the putative internal model in the cerebellum interacts with the rest of the motor system to learn and produce coordinated skilled movements.  

Teaching

Teaching experience

2006-2009:

Teaching undergraduate physiology and neuroscience in small group settings.

2012-2013:

Bedside teaching of clinical medical students.

2016-2018:

Supervision of project and master students in the lab.

Publications