The CHBH Team

Principal Investigators

Professor Sarah Aldred

Professor Sarah Aldred

Head of School
Professor of Exercise Biochemistry

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Professor 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 psychosis and schizophrenia, cardiovascular disease and dementia. 

Sarah is Head of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3084
Email
s.aldred.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr KyungMin An

Dr KyungMin An

Assistant Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr KyungMin An’s main interests are in neuroimaging studies on child development and children with developmental disorders. She is focusing on developmental trajectories of brain activity/rhythms across child development and neural characteristics in children with developmental disorders. To measure brain responses from children, she is applying non-invasive and child-friendly neuroimaging ...

Email
k.m.an@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Apps

Dr Matthew Apps

Senior Research Fellow (≈Associate Professor) / BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr. Apps is a leading expert in the computational, cognitive and neural basis of motivation and social behaviour. More info about the labs work can be found here: www.MSN-lab.com

Email
m.a.j.apps@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Bagshaw

Professor Andrew Bagshaw

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor 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

Dr George Balanos

Dr George Balanos

Head of Education
Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

George is a respiratory physiologist with an interest in pulmonary blood flow and sleep disordered breathing. He is an expert in blood gas manipulation and he uses ultrasonography for non-invasive measurement of physiological variables. George is a dedicated and popular lecturer having received the Excellence in Teaching and Outstanding Teaching Award four times. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8828
Email
g.m.balanos@bham.ac.uk

Professor Giovanni Barontini

Professor Giovanni Barontini

Professor of Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy

G is an experimentalist whose activities spread over a diverse range of systems with quantum properties. His research include quantum simulations with ultracold atoms, the study of thermodynamics in the quantum regime, the development of highly charged ion clocks for detection of dark matter and dark energy, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and the development of quantum devices for brain ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 1214144669
Email
g.barontini@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, ...

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

Professor Kai Bongs

Professor Kai Bongs

Principal Investigator of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing
College Director of Innovation
Chair in Cold Atoms; Lead of Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre

School of Physics and Astronomy

Professor Kai Bongs is Principle Investigator at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, where he helps to 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. Professor Bongs is also Director of Innovation at the College of ...

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

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor Matthew Broome

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Director of the Institute for Mental Health

School of Psychology

Youth Mental Health - Birmingham HeroesMatthew is an academic psychiatrist and Director of the Institute for Mental Health at the University.  He is a leader in the field of early psychosis and in the philosophy and ethics of mental health.

Telephone
01214147197
Email
m.r.broome@bham.ac.uk

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Dr Magda Chechlacz

Assistant Professor in Cognition and Ageing

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 Shin-Yi (Chloe) Chiou

Dr Shin-Yi (Chloe) Chiou

Associate Professor in Motor control and Rehabilitation

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Chiou’s research focuses on studying motor cortical involvement in trunk control in older adults and in people living with spinal cord injury. Her work utilises neurophysiological measures, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, peripheral electrical stimulation, and electromyography, to investigate the control of movement and how it is affected or adapted with ageing and following a ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 2555
Email
s.chiou@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ela Claridge

Professor Ela Claridge

Emeritus Professor of Medical Image Analysis

School of Computer Science

Ela Claridge is an Emeritus Professor of Medical Image Analysis. She established a successful Medical Imaging and Image Interpretation Group which is internationally known for the development of novel computational image analysis methods and non-invasive light-based imaging. Her interdisciplinary research involves collaborations extending to medicine, biosciences, physics of image formation and ...

Email
e.claridge@cs.bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennifer Cook

Dr Jennifer Cook

Senior Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr Cook’s work investigates action and social cognition in typically developed adults and those with autism spectrum conditions.

With respect to action Dr Cook and her colleagues have shown that autistic adults move with subtly different kinematics compared to typical controls (Cook, Blakemore and Press, 2013, Brain). Such atypical kinematics can impact on the perception, ...

Telephone
0121 414 7218
Email
j.l.cook@bham.ac.uk

Dr Damian Cruse

Dr Damian Cruse

Associate Professor
Deputy Admissions

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 Maria Dauvermann

Dr Maria Dauvermann

Assistant Professor in Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Dauvermann’s research focusses on the identification of risk and resilience markers in young people who are at high risk of developing neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions, and is also interested in the characterisation of biopsychosocial prognostic markers of clinical and functional outcome. She uses cognitive neuroscientific and interdisciplinary methods to integrate ...

Email
m.dauvermann@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephane De Brito

Dr Stephane De Brito

Associate Professor

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

Professor Hamid Dehghani

Professor Hamid Dehghani

Professor of Medical Imaging

School of Computer Science

Professor Hamid Dehghani is Professor of Medical Imaging at the School of Computer Science and the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI). His research focusses on non-invasive imaging and measurement of physiological information from biological tissue.

As a part of his interdisciplinary work, Hamid is involved with the following University-wide activities:

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 8728
Email
h.dehghani@cs.bham.ac.uk

Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo

Dr Davinia Fernández-Espejo

Associate Professor

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

Reader in Motor Neuroscience
Deputy Head of Research

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 Clayton Hickey

Dr Clayton Hickey

Associate Professor
BSc Neuroscience Programme Lead

School of Psychology

Dr Hickey uses tools from cognitive neuroscience – fMRI, EEG, MEG, TES, eye-tracking, and drug challenge – to study how our prior experience of the world dictates the manner in which we sense and perceive it.

Email
c.m.hickey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ned Jenkinson

Dr Ned Jenkinson

Deputy Head of Research
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

Dr Ali Khatibi

Dr Ali Khatibi

Senior Research Fellow in Pain and Neuroplasticity
CPR Spine Deputy Director

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Ali Khatibi is interested in the study of cognition and an expert in neuroimaging and the study of human spinal cord. His two lines of research is focused on the study of cognitive bias in the processing of pain and also pain interference with motor learning in human spinal cord.

Telephone
0121 414 4133
Email
khatibim@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katja Kornysheva

Dr Katja Kornysheva

Assistant Professor in Human Neuroscience
Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health

School of Psychology

Dr Kornysheva studies the physiological and informational processes underlying action planning and execution, sequencing and timing, as well as disorders of the latter. Her goal is to further basic understanding of skilled behaviour and develop entry-points for interventions that to boost learning and performance in patients and the healthy population. To address these goals her lab uses ...

Email
k.kornysheva@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anna Kowalczyk

Dr Anna Kowalczyk

Assistant Professor

School of Psychology

Dr Anna Kowalczyk specialises in development of quantum sensors based on the interaction of the resonant light with atomic vapours of alkali atoms and in applications of Optically Pumped Magnetometers for biomedical diagnostics.

She has extensive experience in experimental atomic physics and optics, spectroscopy and metrology.

Email
a.u.kowalczyk@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrea Krott

Dr Andrea Krott

Reader in Psychology of Language
Deputy Head of School

School of Psychology

Andrea Krott studies the psychology of human language. Her early research investigated how we store and represent language rules and words in our minds and how children acquire those rules and words. More recently, she has investigated language as an ability that interacts with other cognitive abilities. She is interested in how general cognitive abilities such as attention and cognitive ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4903
Email
a.krott@bham.ac.uk

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Dr Patricia Lockwood

Senior Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Dr. Patricia Lockwood is a cognitive and social neuroscientist. She is head of the Social Decision Neuroscience Lab. Her work focuses on the neurocognitive foundations of social learning and decision-making across the lifespan and in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Email
p.l.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sam Lucas

Dr Sam Lucas

Exercise & Health Deputy Theme Lead
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 Hayley MacDonald

Dr Hayley MacDonald

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr MacDonald’s research focuses on the behavioural, neurophysiological and genetic mechanisms of impulse control i.e. how we control our actions. She is especially interested in how these mechanisms may be influenced by dopamine dysregulation as seen in Parkinson’s disease and other dopamine-related disorders. She utilizes techniques such as non-invasive brain stimulation, genotyping, ...

Email
h.j.macdonald@bham.ac.uk

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes

Lecturer in Spinal and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Eduardo Martinez-Valdes is an expert in electrophysiology. His research utilizes advanced surface electromyography techniques to study the neuromuscular adjustments behind musculoskeletal disorders, exploring exercise interventions which could potentially improve neuromuscular function. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47253
Email
e.a.martinezvaldes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Mayhew

Dr Stephen Mayhew

Associate Professor

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

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Programme lead for BSc Psychology

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

Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
International Lead

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.

Website: https://mevorach-lab.weebly.com/

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

Professor Chris Miall

Professor Chris Miall

Emeritus 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 about 20 years he has been working exclusively on human sensory and motor systems. He is particularly interested in the role of the cerebellum, in sensory motor learning and in predictive control, and the impact of somatosensory loss on movement and cognition.

His ...

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

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz

Assistant Professor in Psychology
Institute for Mental Health

Dr Isabel Morales-Muñoz is Assistant Professor in Psychology based at the Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Her main area of research is to investigate risk factors for youth mental health, with a special focus on investigating the role of sleep problems in the development of mental health problems. Her current work is mainly focused on secondary ...

Email
i.morales-munoz@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karen Mullinger

Dr Karen Mullinger

Joint Nottingham and Birmingham Associate Professor

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

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.

View Hyojin Park’s ...

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

Dr Jack Rogers

Dr Jack Rogers

Assistant Professor in Psychology and Youth Mental Health

School of Psychology

Dr Rogers is a Assistant Professor in Psychology and Youth Mental Health based within the Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. His work uses different scientific methods such as clinical assessment, neuropsychological testing and neuroimaging techniques to better understand how brain maturation promotes normal cognitive development, and what causes this ...

Telephone
+44(0) 121 4144896
Email
j.rogers@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katrien Segaert

Dr Katrien Segaert

Associate Professor

School of Psychology

Dr. Katrien Segaert's research focuses on the neurobiology of language processing, with a special focus on how sentence-level processes and interactive communication are supported by the brain. She also studies how the neurobiological infrastructure of language processing changes throughout the lifespan and researches lifestyle factors (such as regular physical exercise) that can ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7760
Email
k.segaert@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kim Shapiro

Professor Kim Shapiro

Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor Shapiro in collaboration with other colleagues published the first paper on the ‘attentional blink’ phenomenon. His current research interests continue in attention, particularly as it interacts with short- and long- term memory. He maintains an active lab that includes postdocs, doctoral and masters students, and undergraduate research assistants. In addition to basic ...

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

Dr Sophie Sowden

Dr Sophie Sowden

Assistant Professor in Psychology

School of Psychology

Dr Sophie Sowden is an experimental psychologist and director of the U21 Autism Research Network. She is interested in social cognition across the lifespan as well as in a range of clinical conditions including autism, conduct disorder and Parkinson’s Disease, and takes a cross-cultural approach to her research.

Telephone
0121 678 1000
Email
s.l.sowden@bham.ac.uk

Professor Peter Tino

Professor Peter Tino

Professor of Complex and Adaptive Systems

School of Computer Science

Peter Tiňo is a 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

Professor Rachel Upthegrove

Professor Rachel Upthegrove

Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health
Consultant Psychiatrist Early Intervention in Psychosis

School of Psychology

Rachel is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, and Consultant Psychiatrist in the Birmingham Early Intervention Services. Her research Interest is within the field of major mental illness; particularly schizophrenia and co-morbid depression in early phases of illness. Recent projects have developed the investigation of inflammatory models of psychosis ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6241
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 Witek

Dr Maria Witek

Senior Birmingham Fellow

Department of Music

I’m a research fellow investigating music cognition, psychology and neuroscience, with a special focus on rhythm, body-movement, affect and musical groove.

Email
m.a.g.witek@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sang-Hoon Yeo

Dr Sang-Hoon Yeo

Lecturer in Biomechanics / Motor Control

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Sang-Hoon has an academic and industrial background in mechanical engineering and computer science. He uses techniques in robotics and virtual reality to understand how the brain collaborates with eyes, muscles and bones to coordinate our sensation and movement and is keen to apply the outcomes of research to diagnose and rehabilitate motor diseases and injuries. His current research interest ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8748
Email
s.yeo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Zhigalov

Dr Alexander Zhigalov

SMQB Centre Fellow

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Dr Alexander Zhigalov is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, led by Professor John Terry.

Dr Zhigalov has extensive training in the field of cognitive neuroscience, computer science and brain imaging. His main expertise is in the development of methods for neuroimaging data, particularly, to help understanding the functional role of neuronal ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2865
Email
a.zhigalov@bham.ac.uk