Dr Sophie Mason

Sophie Mason

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sophie Mason is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (Institute of Metabolism and System Research). During her PhD, Sophie was focused on the link between functional brain networks derived from EEG and fMRI and different aspects of sleep and circadian research and utilised signal processing, network analysis, machine learning as well as mathematical modelling. Her current research expands on this research with a focus on applying these techniques to sleep deprivation EEG datasets. 


  • PhD in Applied Mathematics 2023
  • MSci in Mathematics, University of Birmingham, 2019


Sophie obtained her MSci in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham. Within her MSci she undertook a project focused on Stefan type boundary layer problems. Achievement on this thesis as well as other modules resulted in Sophie earning the Andrew King Prize from the University of Birmingham for outstanding performance in Applied Mathematics.

Sophie then undertook a PhD in Applied Mathematics under the joint supervision of Professor John Terry and Professor Andrew Bagshaw in the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine and the School of Mathematics. Throughout her thesis she focused on the application of graph metrics and machine learning approaches for differentiating extreme chronotypes using fMRI data. Furthermore, she utilised the Kuramoto Model on surrogate networks to find potential biomarkers for susceptibility to sleep deprivation before testing these biomarkers on EEG data collected during a 40 h sleep deprivation.

Sophie then stayed at the Centre for System Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine for her role as a Research Fellow.



Mason SL, Junges L, Woldman W, Facer-Childs ER, de Campos BM, Bagshaw AP, Terry JR ( 2023) Classification of human chronotype based on fMRI network-based statistics. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 17:1147219

S L Mason, J C Meyer, D J Needham, The Development of a Wax Layer on the Interior Wall of a Circular Pipe Transporting Heated Oil -- The Effects of Temperature Dependent Wax Conductivity, Journal of Engineering Mathematics, 131:7