Kathleen E Cullen

Academic title(s): 

Department of Physiology

Adjunct Member
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Kathleen E Cullen
Contact Information

McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, Room 1218
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montréal, Québec H3G 1Y6

Email address: 
kathleen.cullen [at] mcgill.ca
Areas of expertise: 

We are continually in motion. This self-motion is sensed by the vestibular system, which contributes to an impressive range of brain functions, from the most automatic reflexes to spatial perception and motor coordination. The objective of Dr. Cullen’s labs research program is to understand the mechanisms by which self motion (vestibular) information is encoded and then integrated with signals from other modalities to ensure accurate perception and control of gaze and posture. Our studies investigate the sensorimotor transformations required for the control of movement, by tracing the coding of vestibular stimuli from peripheral afferents, to behaviorally-contingent responses in central pathways, to the readout of accurate perception and behavior. Our experimental approach is multidisciplinary and includes a combination of behavioral, neurophysiological and computational approaches in alert behaving non-human primates and mice. Funding for the laboratory is provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), The National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), FQRNT / FQRSC (Quebec), and McGill University.

Research areas: 
Signals and Systems
Biomedical Sensors
Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Oculomotor Control
Neural Encoding
Computational Modeling
Reference Frame & Navigation
Spatial Orientation
Corollary Discharge
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