Amanda Bakkum

PhD Candidate, Sensorimotor Neuroscience Lab

Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology


MSc. (Med). Exercise Science. University of Cape Town

BCom. Hons. Biokinetics. University of Johannesburg


Amanda completed her undergraduate degree, with honours in Biokinetics, at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. She received an athletic scholarship and co-captained her University Netball team during this time. Following her honours degree, Amanda worked as a rehabilitation specialist where she gained a great appreciation for the resilience of the human body. She later moved to the coast where she completed her Master’s degree, with distinction, at the University of Cape Town. During this time, she worked as a clinical educator for aspiring Biokineticists and developed a passion for mentoring young people. Amanda has since moved to Vancouver, with her dog, Dudley, to pursue her academic career aspirations. Amanda's chosen field of research is sensorimotor control and learning. She investigates the factors that affect how the human body adapts to our environment to gain a better understanding of how the brain learns.


While at SFU, Amanda has developed a passion for science communication and has subsequently started a neuroscience blog, Dudley Describes. This blog describes basic neuroscience concepts to make this field more accessible and relatable to the general public.