David Willshaw

Major research interests

The application of the methods of computational neurobiology -- mathematical analysis and computer simulation -- to an understanding of the development and functioning of the nervous system.

Specific areas of interest:

  1. The mechanisms by which retinotopically ordered projections and patterns of ocular dominance are developed between vertebrate eye and brain.
  2. The mechanisms for the elimination of polyinnervation in developing muscle.
  3. The functioning of the basal ganglia and related structures and their role in Parkinson's Disease.
  4. The role of the mammalian hippocampus, cerebellum and neocortex in the associative storage and retrieval of information in the brain.
  5. Development of novel algorithms for combinatorial optimisation problems, such as the Travelling Salesman Problem.