Cierra graduated from the B.Sc. Honours in Neuroscience program in spring 2020, and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jacqueline Hebert. She began volunteering in the BLINC lab in 2018 and assisted with experiments involving adaptable sockets, vibration-induced kinesthetic illusion, and motion capture of functional tasks. She is now working on investigating the psychophysics of how individuals with amputation develop a sense of agency while using a prosthetic limb, in hopes that this will aid in their embodiment of advanced myoelectric prostheses.
In the future, she would like to continue applying her neuroscience background to the rehabilitation field and improve the lives of those who use robotic prostheses.
Outside of the lab, Cierra has become involved in volunteering at a local youth centre, where she mentors at-risk teenage girls. Along with this, she enjoys reading and playing the piano in her free time.
In 2021, Cierra represented the BLINC Lab in the 3 Minute Thesis competition, you can see her presentation below: