Dr. Michael Kelly (September 2021 - Present)
Mike is leading a project investigating how traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects sleep in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease and whether an anti-seizure medication can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease if given immediately following TBI. This is part of a larger project which includes collaborations with UBC, among others, and incorporates a new system (CHIMERA) for delivering a controlled concussion to mice.
Mike’s research interests include animal behaviour, comparative sleep physiology, sleep evolution, chronobiology, and wild sleep. His previous research has focused on describing sleep and its behavioural and physiological correlates in aquatic apex predators such as sharks and saltwater crocodiles.
Mike jointed the Translational Neuroscience Lab at SFU in the fall of 2021 in order to develop his knowledge and skillset within the mammalian sleep field and to gain experience in a lab with a focus on real-world applications. He is also currently leading a project in the Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Lab that focuses on the effects of predation pressure on the evolution of sleep in wild rat models via a collaboration with France’s CRNS.