Phantom percepts and sleep
A persistent noise; an on going hissing or ringing – this is what tinnitus can feel like.
Tinnitus is a phantom sound generated by the brain without any external source. Yet it remains unclear how natural variations in brain activity, such as between wakefulness and sleep, are interacting with internally generated percepts.
I am investigating the interplay between sleep and tinnitus by combining long-term electrophysiological recordings with behavioural paradigms. My research also addresses the effect of non-pathological waking experience on sleep regulation.
I am a doctoral student working with Victoria Bajo-Lorenzana, Vladyslav Vyazovskiy and Fernando Nodal. I obtained a BSc. in Biology with a focus on neuroscience at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In my MSc. project in the group of Livia de Hoz at the Max-Planck-Institute for Experimental Medicine I investigated the role of the inferior colliculus in interpreting meaningful stimuli during sleep.
I am also a science writer with articles contributed to The Oxford Scientist, The Oxford Student, Phenotype Magazine and Oxford Scholastica Academy. I was editor for the Oxford Scientist and produced the Frontiers of Science print issue. I am currently editor for research.careers.org.
Waking experience modulates sleep need in mice.
Milinski L. et al, (2021), BMC Biol, 19
Diazepam effects on local cortical neural activity during sleep in mice.
McKillop LE. et al, (2021), Biochem Pharmacol
'Waking at a lower cost': running wheel access reduces sleep propensity
Milinski L. et al, (2018), JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH, 27
Sleep and Tinnitus: Action on Hearing Loss Tinnitus Special
- White Noise - Tinnitus Special Supplement.pdf
- PDF document 1.6 MB
Around 10% of people in the UK are thought to have persistent Tinnitus - and for 1% of the population, the condition is so intrusive that it severely affects their quality of life, leading to anxiety, depression and problems sleeping. Action on Hearing Loss is funding Linus to tackle when and where in the brain tinnitus develops, and published an article about his research in a special for Tinnitus Week (page 13) in their January ITL Newsletter.