Pablo's interest in human movement led him to a PhD in Exercise Sciences and a desire to keep working in this field.
Programme: Doctor of Philosophy
Subject: Exercise Sciences
“I’ve been interested in human movement sciences since studying towards my bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy.
“Once I completed my masters, I knew that pursuing a doctoral degree in this field was a natural step in my career, as doctoral programmes provide an opportunity for students to learn specific skills.
“My thesis is called, Impaired and augmented control of upper limb motor function after stroke. Specifically, my topic is about human motor control and coordination. It is about how the brain selects a specific pattern of muscles activations to perform a task.
Movement neuroscience tries to answer the fundamental questions of how movement is generated, with a primary focus on the nervous and musculoskeletal system.
“My work involves the development and application of unsupervised machine learning algorithms to describe muscle activation patterns.
“Essentially I’m researching the similarities and differences of muscle activation patterns between healthy people and stroke survivors.
“I don’t know where this will lead me, but I would like to have a job which allows me to continue research in movement neurosciences, or work for a company which provides biomechanics product testing and ergonomic assessment.”