Staff at the Centre for Neurogenetics

Professor Zubair Ahmed

Professor Zubair Ahmed

Professor of Neuroscience
Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Section Lead

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Zubair Ahmed is Professor of Neuroscience and Lead for the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Section in the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. His current focus for research is aligned with University identified priority areas of Immunology, Infection and Inflammation related to Trauma and in particular Neurotrauma. Some of his research projects are aimed at identifying the ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8858
Email
z.ahmed.1@bham.ac.uk

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

Professor Andrew Bagshaw

Professor Andrew Bagshaw

Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

School of Psychology

Professor Bagshaw's main focus is on understanding how the human brain is impacted by sleep and epilepsy, with a particular emphasis on the role of the thalamus. He is also interested in understanding how ongoing brain activity influences brain and behavioural responses. This work requires new tools to be developed and applied, particularly for the acquisition and analysis of simultaneously ...

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

Dr Keith Brain

Dr Keith Brain

Associate Professor
Head of Intercalation, MDS

School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Brain is the Head of Intercalation for the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, Head of Assessments (MBChB) and the deputy lead for Years 1 and 2 of the MBChB programme.

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+44 (0)121 414 7346
Email
k.l.brain@bham.ac.uk

Professor Davide Calebiro

Professor Davide Calebiro

Professor of Molecular Endocrinology
Co-Director of the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE)
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Davide Calebiro is a Professor of Molecular Endocrinology and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR) and Co-Director of the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE) of the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham

He leads a multidisciplinary research team comprising biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers and computer ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3928
Email
d.calebiro@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 ...

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

Professor Jennifer Cook

Professor Jennifer Cook

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology

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

With respect to action Professor 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 ...

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0121 414 7218
Email
j.l.cook@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 ...

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

Dr Valentina Di Pietro

Dr Valentina Di Pietro

Assistant Professor of Neurotrauma

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Dr Di Pietro is a Molecular Neuroscientist with a MSc in Molecular Biology, a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry and a further degree in Medical Genetics. With almost 20 years of research experience with particular interest in the molecular mechanisms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), she is an expert of in vitro and in vivo animal models of TBI. She currently leads the research efforts on microRNA ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7555
Email
v.dipietro@bham.ac.uk

Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker

Professor Fern Elsdon-Baker

Professor of Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society
Director Research Institute for STEMM in Culture and Society (ISTEMMiCS)

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Professor Elsdon-Baker is a transdisciplinary researcher whose work is predominantly sociological, historical, philosophical and psychological in approach. Her research interests are:

  • The perception of, and trust in, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) in diverse societies and across cultures
  • Public space and cultural narratives surrounding STEMM
  • Nati ...

Email
f.m.elsdon-baker@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yun Fan

Dr Yun Fan

Associate Professor in Cell and Developmental Genetics

School of Biosciences

Dr Fan’s research interest centres on understanding how cell death, cell proliferation and cell differentiation are coordinated to maintain tissue homeostasis.  This has important implications for cancer development and tissue regeneration.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 48513
Email
y.fan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joseph Galea

Dr Joseph Galea

Reader in Motor Neuroscience
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

Professor Georgios V. Gkoutos

Professor Georgios V. Gkoutos

Chair of Clinical Bioinformatics, Joint Director of the Centre for Health Data Science
Associate Director of HDRUK Midlands, Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Research and Justice
Programme Director for Health Data Science

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Professor Gkoutos holds the chair of Clinical Bioinformatics, a joint appointment between the University of Birmingham Medical School and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

He is the Joint Director of the Health Data Science Centre at the University of Birmingham, a Faculty Affiliate Professor of Clinical Bioinformatics, Berkeley Lab, Associate Director of MRC Health ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3882
Email
g.gkoutos@bham.ac.uk

Dr Vanessa Heggie

Dr Vanessa Heggie

Associate Professor in the History of Science and Medicine

Institute of Applied Health Research

Dr Heggie is a historian of modern science and medicine, with a particular interest in the history of nineteenth and twentieth century biomedical and life sciences. She also dabbles in the philosophy of science. 

She has published books on the history of exploration and physiology, and on sports medicine, and many articles and chapters on a range of topics from Victorian nursing and public ...

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+44 0121 415 8184
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v.heggie@bham.ac.uk

Professor Alicia Hidalgo

Professor Alicia Hidalgo

Professor of Neurogenetics

School of Biosciences

Alicia Hidalgo - Research in 60 seconds video

Our lab aims to understand structural plasticity of the nervous system: in development, regeneration and repair. That is, what is the link between structure and function in the brain? How does the brain change as we grow, learn and age? What happens in nervous system injury and disease, and how can we promote regeneration and repair?

Find out more from our website

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45416
Email
a.hidalgo@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martin R. Higgs

Dr Martin R. Higgs

Associate Professor for Genomics and Rare Disease
Deputy Director, Centre for Rare Disease Studies

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Martin Higgs is a group leader in the Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences. He is currently Associate Professor for Genomics and Rare Disease, and leads a research group working on the cellular response to genotoxic stress. He is also Deputy Director for the Centre for Rare Disease Studies (CRDS) Birmingham.  

Martin’s area of expertise is the study of a single ...

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+44 (0)121 414 8480
Email
m.r.higgs@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 ...

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

Professor Atina Krajewska

Professor Atina Krajewska

Professor of Law and Birmingham Fellow
Head of Research

Birmingham Law School

Professor Atina Krajewska’s work focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and medicine. She has published in the area of genomics, reproductive rights, and global health law and governance. Her book on Genetic Information and the Scope of Personal Autonomy in European Law, published in Poland in 2008, has had considerable impact on legislative decisions of ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8343
Email
a.krajewska.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Dr Yu-Chiang Lai

Birmingham Fellow in Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry
Director of Mitochondrial Profiling Centre

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Yu-Chiang is a Birmingham Fellow in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and affiliated in the Mitochondrial Profiling Centre (MPC), MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR).   

Yu-Chiang’s group focuses on deciphering the signalling networks that regulate muscle metabolic functions. We ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5315
Email
y.lai.1@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

Professor Claudio Mauro

Professor Claudio Mauro

Professor of Metabolism and Inflammation
British Heart Foundation Senior Basic Science Research Fellow

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing

Professor Mauro trained as biochemist and cellular biologist before starting to approach immunological questions with his own group, motivated by the recent ‘renaissance’ in the interest in metabolism in widespread fields of the basic and clinical science.

The Mauro’s group investigates the interconnections between metabolic and inflammatory pathways and how systemic and local ...

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+44 (0)121 371 7892
Email
c.mauro@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jean V. McHale

Professor of Health Care Law

Birmingham Law School


Professor Jean McHale researches and writes in the area of Health Law and Health Care law. She is the Director of the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy at Birmingham Law School. Her recent books include The Regulation of Cosmetic Procedures: Legal, Ethical and Practical Challenges” with Dr Melanie Latham (Routledge 2020;  European Health Law: Themes and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6294
Email
j.v.mchale@bham.ac.uk

Dr Prithvi Perepa

Dr Prithvi Perepa

Associate Professor in Autism Studies

School of Education

Prithvi is an Associate Professor in Autism Studies within the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) and a member of the Autism Centre for Education Research (ACER). He is the programme leader for the distance learning Autism Children programme. He also contributes to teaching of the on-campus MA Education programme, and to some teaching on our Dubai campus. He ...

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+44 (0)121 415 8283
Email
p.perepa@bham.ac.uk

Dr Carolina Rezaval

Dr Carolina Rezaval

Associate Professor

School of Biosciences

Our lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila to unravel the mechanisms underlying behavioural choices. By studying how the brain makes decisions at a genetic, cellular and circuit level, in an accessible experimental system, we aim to reveal fundamental principles that might be present across species.

Find out more from our website

Email
c.rezaval@bham.ac.uk

Professor Caroline Richards

Professor Caroline Richards

Professor of Neurodevelopmental Conditions
Deputy Head of Education

School of Psychology

The aim of Professor Richards’ research is to reduce negative clinical outcomes for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her work with children with autism and children with rare genetic syndromes has thus far focused on reducing self-injury, improving sleep disorders and understanding the impact of premature birth. Her research uses experimental, epidemiological, single case and ...

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0121 4158098
Email
c.r.richards@bham.ac.uk

Professor Max Saunders

Professor Max Saunders

Interdisciplinary Professor of Modern Literature and Culture

Department of English Literature

I work on modern literature and culture. My main areas of interest are modernism, the literature of the First World War, life writing, literary impressionism, and futurology.

  • Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life, 2 vols (Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Self-Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction and the Forms of Modern Literature (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • Imagined Futures: Writing, Science ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 43539
Email
m.saunders@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthias Soller

Dr Matthias Soller

Associate Professor

School of Biosciences

My prime research interest is how the information encoded in chromosomes instructs building of the most complex organ, the brain, and allows an organism to perform elaborate tasks.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45905
Email
m.soller@bham.ac.uk

Professor Grant Simon Stewart

Professor Grant Simon Stewart

Professor of Cancer Genetics

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

Professor Grant Stewart is a Professor of Cancer Genetics in the Institute of Cancer and Genetic Sciences.

Defective repair of DNA damage is the most frequent underlying cause of genetic instability and cancer development. Professor Stewart's research focuses on understanding how the cell detects and repairs damage to its DNA and how defects in this process contribute to the development of ...

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+44 (0)121 414 9168
Email
g.s.stewart@bham.ac.uk