Research Groups

List of Principal Investigators

Dr Sarah Aldred

Dr Sarah Aldred

Reader in Exercise Biochemistry

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Sarah Aldred is an exercise biochemist interested in oxidative stress. She is interested in how exercise can perturb redox homeostasis in both health and disease. Sarah has worked with young and old, and with those suffering from cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and dementia.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7284
Email
s.aldred.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Bagshaw

Dr Andrew Bagshaw

Reader in Imaging Neuroscience
Director of the Birmingham University Imaging Centre
Co-Director, Centre for Human Brain Health

School of Psychology

Dr Bagshaw's main interest is in developing and applying non-invasive neuroimaging methods to questions in clinical and behavioural neuroscience. Current work in the Multimodal Integration Group (MIG)focuses on using EEG-fMRI to understand the influence of ongoing brain activity on evoked and behavioural responses, and to examine the localisation and functional significance of ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3683
Email
a.p.bagshaw@bham.ac.uk

Mr Antonio Belli

Mr Antonio Belli

Professor of Trauma Neurosurgery

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Mr Belli graduated from Tor Vergata University in Rome with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. He completed a doctoral degree (MD) on neurobiochemistry of brain ischaemia and reperfusion at Tor Vergata University and then moved to the UK in 1994.

He trained as a neurosurgeon at King’s College Hospital, Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4497/PA - Nadene Bryan 0121 414 3713
Email
a.belli@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kai Bongs

Professor Kai Bongs

Director of UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
Professor of Cold Atoms Physics
Chair in Cold Atoms; Lead of Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre

School of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Kai Bongs is Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, where he drives the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications across a diverse number of sectors, including climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development.

He alsoleads the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre at the University of ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8278
Email
k.bongs@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Brett

Dr Matthew Brett

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Matthew Brett has worked in neurology, cognitive psychology, and methods of brain imaging analysis. His recent interests have been in new methods of teaching data analysis, drawing on his experience in open source scientific computing and current developments in the data science movement.

Visit Matthew's personal website

Email
m.brett@bham.ac.uk

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome

Chair in Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

School of Psychology

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew Broome is an academic psychiatrist interested in the onset of mental disorders in young people. He has worked largely in the area of early psychosis, but is also interested in mood instability, autism, and in suicide and self-harm. His work has utilised functional neuroimaging, cognitive neuropsychology and epidemiology in his research and he has also worked in the philosophy and ethics ...

Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ian Charest

Dr Ian Charest

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr Ian Charest is a cognitive neuroscientist generally interested in investigating high-level visual and auditory representations using neuroimaging techniques such as EEG, MEG and fMRI. He studies the neurobiological bases of individual differences in personality and behavior, with particular interests in human perception, memory, and decision-making. His work is centered on the question of how ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8146
Email
i.charest@bham.ac.uk

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Bridge Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Chechlacz is broadly interested in understanding how variability in the neurochemical, structural and functional organisation of the brain affect cognitive functions and relates to individual differences in human behaviour and in susceptibility to cognitive ageing and mental health problems. Her work combines cognitive assessment of attentional functions with spherical deconvolution ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2852
Email
m.chechlacz.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Damian Cruse

Dr Damian Cruse

Lecturer

School of Psychology

The aim of Dr Cruse’s research is to improve clinical practice following severe brain injury through the application of methods from cognitive electrophysiology. By identifying residual neural and cognitive mechanisms, it is possible to improve the accuracy of diagnoses and prognoses, and gain a more accurate understanding of how the brain supports consciousness and cognition.

Email
d.cruse@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephane De Brito

Dr Stephane De Brito

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Dr De Brito is a psychologist and director of the Social, Cognitive, Affective, and Neuroscience (SCAN) lab. Research in the SCAN lab focuses on understanding the mechanistic interplay between the social, cognitive, affective, and neurocognitive factors implicated in the development and persistence of antisocial and aggressive behaviour. A second strand of research examines those aspects among ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2641
Email
s.a.debrito@bham.ac.uk

Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo

Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Davinia Fernández-Espejo’s main goal is to understand how the brain supports consciousness and what goes wrong for patients to become entirely unaware after severe brain injury. She uses techniques such as MRI (structural and functional), tDCS, and behavioural approaches in both healthy volunteers and patients with a disorder of consciousness to test hypotheses about ...

Email
d.fernandez-espejo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joseph Galea

Dr Joseph Galea

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Dr Galea is broadly interested in motor control. This ranges from the neural correlates of motor learning to stroke rehabilitation. At present, he is particularly interested in how reward/punishment influences our actions and can be used to alter the speed at which our motor system learns or retains new movements.

Personal website: www.josephgalea.weebly.com

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 3601
Email
j.galea@bham.ac.uk

Dr Simon Hanslmayr

Dr Simon Hanslmayr

Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Dr Simon Hanslmayr is an expert in the role of brain oscillations for human cognition. His research addresses the question of how brain oscillations mediate long-term memory and attention in the human brain.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 6203
Email
s.hanslmayr@bham.ac.uk

Professor Suzanne Higgs

Professor Suzanne Higgs

Professor in the Psychobiology of Appetite

School of Psychology

60 second video iconI am a researcher interested in the psychology of eating. In particular, I am interested in the role that learning and memory processes play in decisions we make about what and how much to eat.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 41 44907
Email
s.higgs.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ned Jenkinson

Dr Ned Jenkinson

Senior Lecturer in Human Movement Sciences

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Ned’s research incorporates a range of techniques including non-invasive brain stimulation, electrophysiological recording, eye-tracking, neuroimaging and behavioural techniques. He uses these techniques to investigate how the brain controls movement and how it allows us to - seemingly effortlessly - learn new motor skills. His research is not only intended to help us understanding how the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7239
Email
n.jenkinson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ole Jensen

Professor Ole Jensen

Professor in Translational Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor Ole Jensen is a leading expert on neuronal oscillations in humans and animals. In his investigations he uses magnetoencephalography (MEG) in combination with other techniques. In 2016 he received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. Jensen research is funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and several EU Horizon 2020 Marie ...

Email
o.jensen@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sam Lucas

Dr Sam Lucas

Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Environmental Physiology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Sam Lucas is an integrative physiologist with a primary research interest in brain health; specifically he is interested in how cerebral blood flow is regulated in health and disease, and the resultant impact on brain function (e.g., neurophysiological and psychological/behavioural responses). His broader interests and expertise are in the areas of exercise and environmental physiology, as ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7272
Email
s.j.e.lucas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Mayhew

Dr Stephen Mayhew

Birmingham Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Steve Mayhew conducts a lot of simultaneous EEG-fMRI experiments in an effort to better understand the coupling between single-trial variability in electrophysiological and haemodynamic measurements of brain responses, and how interactions between ongoing brain processes and external events are intrinsic to the function of the brain.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7191
Email
s.d.mayhew@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Dr Ali Mazaheri

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)

School of Psychology

Dr Mazaheri is an expert on the role of oscillations in cognition and behaviour. His research focuses on the neural interactions underlying different facets of  cognitive control in both the healthy and clinical populations.

Email
a.mazaheri@bham.ac.uk

Dr Craig McAllister

Dr Craig McAllister

Lecturer in Motor Control

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Craig McAllister has a passionate interest in understanding the neural mechanisms of human movement in both healthy and disease states. His current research utilises a combination of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques and neuroimaging methods to understand the role of rhythmic brain activity in motor and cognitive processes.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4125
Email
c.j.mcallister@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Dr Carmel Mevorach

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Dr Carmel Mevorach is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on mechanisms of top-down attention control, which lie at the heart of various cognitive functions. His research also aims to unravel how individual factors (such as autistic traits or normal aging) mediate mechanisms of attention, including on the neural level.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 44910
Email
c.mevorach@bham.ac.uk

Professor Chris Miall

Professor Chris Miall

Professor of Motor Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor Miall has been studying sensorimotor control for about 35 years, from his PhD in locusts, to crayfish, primates and for the last 15 years, working exclusively on human sensory and motor systems. He is particularly interested in the role of the cerebellum, in motor learning and in predictive control, and the role of the cerebellum in cognitive processes.

His research team website ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 42867
Email
r.c.miall@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karen Mullinger

Dr Karen Mullinger

Joint Nottingham and Birmingham Lecturer and Anne McLaren Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Mullinger is an expert in simultaneous EEG-fMRI. She focuses on understanding the sources of the EEG artefacts and how to reduce them at source. Using the best EEG-fMRI techniques available she investigates neurovascular coupling to better understand brain function.

See Dr Mullinger's Nottingham profile

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7615
Email
k.mullinger@bham.ac.uk

Professor Uta Noppeney

Professor Uta Noppeney

Chair in Computational Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor Noppeney investigates how the human brain integrates information across the senses to interact effectively with our complex dynamic environment. To characterize the neural and computational mechanisms the Computational Cognitive Neuroimaging Group combines psychophysics, functional imaging (fMRI & EEG/MEG) and computational modelling.

 

Uta Noppeney is director of the Com ...

Email
u.noppeney@bham.ac.uk

Dr Hyojin Park

Dr Hyojin Park

Birmingham Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Hyojin Park is an expert on neural oscillatory mechanisms associated with human speech and memory. Her PhD work focused on the functional role of brain oscillations and how they support network interactions (cross-frequency coupling) in attention and memory. Her current research is focused on the topic of audiovisual speech processing, integration, and communication.

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Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2948
Email
h.park@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Peet

Professor Andrew Peet

Professor of Clinical Paediatric Oncology (NIHR)

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Andrew Peet is an NIHR Research Professor in paediatric neuro-oncology at the University of Birmingham and the Research Director of the NIHR 3T MRI Research Centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He is a practicing paediatric oncologist. Professor Peet’s research focusses on the development and evaluation of novel MRI techniques for diagnosis, management and understanding childhood ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 333 8234
Email
a.peet@bham.ac.uk

Dr Renate Reniers

Dr Renate Reniers

Lecturer in Psychiatry
In affiliation with the Institute for Mental Health and the Centre for Human Brain Health

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Dr Reniers is a research psychologist investigating the interplay between neurobiological, clinical and behavioural aspects of adolescent development and youth mental health. Her research involves the transition from health to disease, with a particular interest in emerging mental health problems (psychosis), neuroimaging (MRI and fMRI), social cognition (empathy, psychosocial functioning), ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 301 2361
Email
r.l.e.p.reniers@bham.ac.uk

Dr Hugh Rickards

Dr Hugh Rickards

Honorary Reader in Neuropsychiatry
Consultant in Neuropsychiatry Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Hugh Rickards is programme lead for the MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry. He is also a consultant in neuropsychiatry at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust which provides a service to the West Midlands Region.

 

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 301 2316
Email
clinicalneuro@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Professor Kim Shapiro

Professor Kim Shapiro

Professor and Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience
Head of School

School of Psychology

Professor Shapiro in collaboration with other colleagues published the first paper on the ‘attentional blink’ phenomenon, which has attracted great interest on the part of many scientists. The original publication has been cited over 1000 times and approximately 500 reports on the same topic have followed from it. He employs a wide range of neuroscience approaches and tools in his ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4930
Email
k.l.shapiro@bham.ac.uk

Dr Bernhard Staresina

Dr Bernhard Staresina

Birmingham Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Staresina's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying episodic memory in humans. He is interested in how different brain mechanisms – in particular subregions of the medial temporal lobe (MTL) - contribute to successful encoding, consolidation and recollection of multiple event details. To address this question, he uses a combination of functional magnetic resonance imaging ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8690
Email
b.staresina@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Tino

Professor Peter Tino

Chair in Complex and Adaptive Systems

School of Computer Science

Peter Tiňo is Professor of Complex and Adaptive Systems at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of over 160 research articles in the areas of dynamical systems, machine learning, natural computation and fractal geometry. Peter has been awarded three outstanding Journal Paper of the Year awards and the Head of School's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8558
Email
p.tino@cs.bham.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Upthegrove

Dr Rachel Upthegrove

Clinical Senior Lecturer
In affiliation: Institute for Mental Health

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Rachel is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry with active research interests in the field of schizophrenia, first episode psychosis, youth mental health, self harm and suicide. Clinically Rachel has worked for over 19 years in psychiatry, 10 of which within the field of Early Intervention in Psychosis.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 301 2355
Email
r.upthegrove@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martin Wilson

Dr Martin Wilson

MR Physicist

School of Psychology

Dr Wilson has over 10 years’ experience in the field of Magnetic Resonance, with a particular interest in MR spectroscopy. He currently provides MR Physics support for research at Birmingham University Imaging Centre (BUIC).

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8833
Email
m.p.wilson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maria Wimber

Dr Maria Wimber

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

View Maria's Memory and Learning Group page

Dr Maria Wimber is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in human long-term memory. Her work is centred around the question how remembering adaptively changes our memories, causing some memories to become more permanent, and others to be forgotten. She uses a combination of neuroimaging (fMRI), electrophysiological (EEG/MEG) and behavioural methods to ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4659
Email
m.wimber@bham.ac.uk