Katharine came to volunteer for BLAST 2013 and has been spreading the word around around the UBC brain lab. She recruited Sonja Brodie to help with our summer fundraising stroke awareness event. We are honored to have Katharine join the BLAST family.
BLAST 2014 update
"Katharine Cheung is currently a Master of Physical Therapy student at UBC. She recently obtained her Master of Science in Neuroscience at UBC in August 2013. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University where she graduated with an Honors degree in Life Sciences.
Katharine has diverse research experience, having studied pulmonary physiology and COPD during her time at Queen's University, visual neuroscience and amblyopia at Dalhousie University, and stroke and neural plasticity at UBC. Katharine is passionate about the brain, and upon completion of her Physical Therapy degree, she hopes to continue in the research, design and implementation of rehabilitation devices and technology to help improve motor and sensory function following traumatic brain injury.
In her spare time, Katharine enjoys spending time outdoors and playing sports. She has also had a life-long passion for creating artwork and building contraptions. She spends time volunteering with Let's Talk Science, teaching science in the community, and Special Olympics BC, coaching swimming."
Graduate Research Assistant
Katharine is currently an MSc candidate in the Neuroscience program at UBC. She completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University where she graduated with an Honors degree in Life Sciences.
During her time at Queen’s University she worked as a Research Assistant in the Respiratory Investigations Unit (RIU) at Kingston General Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Dennis O’Donnell. In the RIU she studied pulmonary physiology and the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Kingston population.
Following graduation, Katharine worked as a Research Assistant with the Visual Neuroscience Group at Dalhousie University, studying amblyopia and neurofilament distribution in the lateral geniculate nucleus. Both Katharine’s interest in neural plasticity and recovery of function after traumatic brain injury, and her keen desire to further understand processes of learning and memory, led her to join the Brain Behaviour Lab.
Her research will focus on studying the healthy brain through the use of TMS and brain imagining techniques to further understand the processes of long-term potentiation and depression, learning and memory.She has a special interest in the theory of homeostatic etaplasticity and hopes to help elucidate the effects of brainstimulation on homeostatic metaplastic changes in specific areas of the brain