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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Open University, in the UK. I first trained as an animal physiologist and ecologist before gaining a Ph.D. in Animal-Computer Interaction.
Summary of Interests
My research interests are driven by the goal of improving animals’ affective welfare through the design of animal-centred technologies, settings, and environments that enable less invasive human interventions on animals’ lives. My past and current research includes: Ethological observations and measuring of cats’ reactions to animal-borne biotelemetry; wearer-centred design in wildlife biotelemetry; physical prototyping of animal-centred devices for cats and working dogs; analysis of animals’ interaction with animal-centred interfaces; Mobility Assistance Dogs smart-working environment design; manifestation of privacy behaviours in non-human animals; cognitive and digital enrichment for zoo animals.
Area of Expertise
My Ph.D. and current postdoc research have focused on the analysis of the behaviour of animals interacting with human-made technologies. I specialised on observing and measuring the behavioural effects that biotelemetry systems have on domestic cats to understand individuals’ experiences with body-attached devices. I have also worked with medical detection dogs and mobility assistance dogs to observe their interaction with pads and sensors and design canine-centred mechanical interfaces. I am currently involved in bid writing to propose the development of animal-centred technologies to deploy in zoological parks and sanctuaries and to serve wildlife conservation strategies.
Quantitative and qualitative research methods, research project management and coordination, external collaborations, prototyping.
Other Key Information
Currently based in the UK, looking for a Research Associate position starting from 15th April 2022.
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Summary of Interests
I am a veterinary surgeon and an early career researcher in animal welfare science interested in animal behaviour, physiology, and cognition particularly in using a combination of these measures to assess arousal and valence dimensions of animal affective states to evaluate, and hence, improve animal welfare.
Area of Expertise
My background in veterinary medicine gave me deep knowledge of animal health, physiology, and pathology as well as clinical skills and experiences in a variety of species either companion, livestock, or wildlife species. I have extensive work experience in small animal hospitals and in the equine industry, especially racehorses and pony welfare foundations. In addition to being a veterinarian, I conducted research on canine cognitive dysfunction syndromes and I also organised workshops, outreaches and seminars on horse behaviour, nutrition and welfare. My strong interest in animal welfare led me to complete the funded MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law at the University of Glasgow in 2017. I received a distinction for my independent research project on animal ethics and my dissertation led to a first author publication. I was subsequently employed as a research assistant with Plymouth and Nottingham Universities, conducting novel cognitive bias training and testing to assess depression-state in shelter dogs, which later yielded two more publications. Currently, I am completing my PhD at the University of Glasgow, validating infrared thermography as a non-invasive welfare (arousal and valence dimensions) assessment in laboratory rats. I looked also specifically at the sex difference of the responses and emotional lateralisation. This cutting-edge work has given me numerous transferable research skills, experience in working with interdisciplinary groups and specific knowledge of infrared thermography, thermal biology, behavioral analysis, and endocrinology including the use of ELISA. I successfully won a project support grant from the British Society for Neuroendocrinology. I worked part-time as a course writer and have given multiple presentations at conferences as well as co-supervising BSc and MSc students. I am on track to have my PhD viva by March 2022 and to publish four more refereed papers both from my PhD and my research technician job where I acquired and analysed a complex set of behavioral data from multiple rodent behavioural assays using BORIS and R, contributing to a BBSRC funded project ‘Validating inactivity in the home-cage as a depression-like state indicator in mice’ at the University of Bristol.
Animal welfare science, Veterinary medicine, Animal handling, Animal behaviour, Rodent behavioural assays, Cognitive bias tests, Animal ethics, Infrared thermography, Bio-imaging, Project planning and management, Experimental design, Quantitative statistics including the use of R, BORIS, ImageJ, Organisation of scientific events, Scientific communication and output, Supervision of students and production of course materials.
Other Key Information
Currently based in Glasgow, UK, looking for a PostDoc/Research Associate position, open to learning new skills and any location worldwide, available in-person from May 2022.
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