MIG People

MIG Lead - Dr Andrew Bagshaw

andy-bagshaw-230x230Andy Bagshaw is a physicist by training, having completed a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the University of Manchester in 1998. He went on to undertake postdoctoral positions at City University London, University College London (UCL), and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). It was at UCL and subsequently the MNI that he first worked on the development of brain imaging techniques, with a specific focus on epilepsy. He has worked at the University of Birmingham since 2005, where he is Reader in Imaging Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health. His main research interest is in developing and applying non-invasive brain imaging methods to understand how the brain is affected by epilepsy and sleep.


Current MIG Members 

Sara Calzolari, MSc

I did my BSc in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology, and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Padova, Italy. I joined the Erasmus+Traineeship program and spent six months working in Dr Damian Cruse’s lab. There, I carried out a project aimed at looking for EEG markers of semantic embodiment to be used as prognostic tool for acute comatose patients, and assisted in a work on the EEG signal improvement for the motor imagery paradigm. I have now obtained a BBSRC MIBTP PhD studentship, supervised by Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo and Dr Andrew P. Bagshaw. As a PhD student, I intend to investigate the functional architecture of consciousness by means of fMRI, pupillometry and neurostimulation. I will focus on looking at the anticorrelated pattern of DMN and attentional network during internal and external awareness processes, and investigating the influence of the thalamus in such behavioural and neural dynamics. 





Brandon Ingram, MSc

I completed my BSc in Applied Psychology at Durham University and my MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York. During my BSc I worked as a research assistant for Dr Holger Wiese investigating ERPs associated with familiar face recognition, which I later carried on in my dissertation, researching the impact of attentional modulation on these ERPs. My MSc project was supervised by Dr Alex Wade and Dr Tony Morland, and employed fMRI and psychophysics to investigate the neural correlates of conscious colour perception. Currently, I am completing a PhD supervised by Dr Andrew Bagshaw and Dr Steven Mayhew, funded by the BBSRC MIBTP program. The project aims to investigate the temporal dynamics of neuroimaging data by employing methods such as Hidden Markov Models onto multi-modal (e.g. fMRI-EEG) data sets in order to define dynamic brain states. 





Sophie Lauren Mason, MSci

After completing my MSci in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham I  decided to further my interest in Applied Mathematics by researching  neuroscience and chronobiology as part of my PhD funded by the School of  Mathematics Alumni Scholarship. This research area means I have an active role in the School of Mathematics, the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine as well as the Centre for Human Brain Health. Under the supervision of Professor John Terry and my co-supervisor Dr Andrew Bagshaw I have been focusing upon how functional networks inferred from fMRI data are affected by an individual having an early or late chronotype. In addition, I intend to consider the  effect of sleep deprivation on the excitability of the brain network  within intermediate chronotypes.



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Danny Smullen, MSc

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Swansea University in 2019 before completing my Master’s degree in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham in 2020. As part of my Masters, I investigated fronto-parietal connectivity in ADHD in relation to impaired response inhibition. Under the supervision of Dr Carmel Mevorach and Dr Andrew Bagshaw, I am currently completing a PhD which aims to investigate the neural underpinnings of sleep issues in ADHD, and the relationship between sleep issues and other cognitive symptoms of the disorder.



Alice Winsor, MSc

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham in July 2017. Following this, I completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Applications of Psychology at the University of Warwick. During this time, I developed an interest in understanding the impact of sleep disruption on overall wellbeing in childhood. I subsequently enrolled onto a PhD at the Centre for Human Brain Health as supervised by Dr Andrew Bagshaw and co-supervised by Dr Caroline Richards. My PhD focuses on investigating the impact of sleep disturbances on quality of life in children with Rolandic epilepsy and their families.