Institute of Neuroscience

Neural Systems & Applied Neurophysiology

Neural Systems and Applied Neurophysiology

Researchers under this theme investigate brain function and brain development at the molecular, subcellular, cellular, network, as well as the whole organism level.

Central to this theme is understanding how brain activity, the electro-chemical reactions in individual neurones can support the entire range of physiological and psychological behaviours. How does the brain process light signals hitting the retina so we automatically know we are looking at a tree? Research covers a range of interests including sensation, perception, higher order cognition, and action generation.

As well as representing basic research, many approaches have a strong translational component such as the CANDO project developing an implant to control epileptic behaviour. Particular excellence exists in areas such as neural network analysis in silico, in vitro as well as in vivo;  visual, auditory and  language processing; pharmacology of cognition; and understanding and repair of motor systems

To illustrate the research being undertaken in this theme below are a selection of current projects:

Staff List

Beshoy Agayby
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 2087582

Dr Laura Alberio
Research Associate

Dr Kai Alter
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8394

Dr Matthieu Ambroise
Research Associate

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Dr Kirstie Anderson
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2823833 Opt 6

Migle Apanaviciute
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: 07513484602

Dr Mark Baker
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Professor Stuart Baker
Professor of Movement Neuroscience

Dr Fabien Balezeau
Research Associate

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Dr Anna Basu
NIHR Career Development Fellow and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1375

Dr Roman Bauer
MRC Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 5685

Bethany Dennis
Senior Laboratory Technician

Anderson Brito Da Silva
Clinical Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8076

Dr Gavin Clowry
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5981

Neela Codadu
Research Assistant

Dr Thomas Cope
Academic Clinical Fellow (Auditory Neuroscience)

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Professor Mark Cunningham
Prof of Neuronal Dynamics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8935

Dr Patrick Degenaar
Reader in Neuroprosthesis

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Professor Janet Eyre
Professor of Paediatric Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1386

Prasakti Fanyiwi
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: 07462673988

Maydel Fernandez Alonso
Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Fellow

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Dr Richard Francis
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 01912086322

Dr Carolina Gandara de Souza
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 222 5529

Dr Sasha Gartside
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7633

Dr Alwin Gieselmann
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5938

Professor Tim Griffiths
Professor of Cognitive Neurology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6648

Dr Thomas Guiho
Research Associate

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Dr Gaurav Gupta
Research Associate

Dr Gerrit Hilgen
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191 208 8933

Dr David Hunter
Research Officer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86255

Professor Anya Hurlbert
Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7638

Professor Andrew Jackson
Professor of Neural Interfaces

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6685

Terri Jackson
Laboratory technician/ Project technician

Email:
Telephone: 0191222083345

Dr Stephan Jaiser
Associate Clinical Lecturer

Ashan Jayasekera
Brain Entry Fellow

Dr Emily Johnson
Research Associate

Dr Gabriele Jordan
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5624

Dr Sarah Judge
Staff Scientist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7016

Professor Marcus Kaiser
Professor of Neuroinformatics

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 8161

Christos Kaspiris-Rousellis
Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Fellow

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Dr Yuki Kikuchi
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44-191-208-3275

Dr Sukhbinder Kumar
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5729

Dr Phillip Lord
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7827

Dr Michael Mackay
Clinical Research Associate

Dr Richard McQuade
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2082362

Patrick Mitchell
Neurosurgeon

Dr Tamara Modebadze
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8933

Dr Christopher Morris
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5827

Dr Ross Muers
Research Associate

Dr Sinead Mullally
Lecturer in Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3869

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour
Reader in Biomedical Engineering

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6860

Dr Vivek Nityananda
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6246

Dr Ilona Obara
Senior Lecturer

Anthony Offer
Laboratory Research Technician

Dr Bas Olthof
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5954

Michael Ortiz Rios
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +4419120387582

Ryley Parrish
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 5731

Dr Luis Peraza Rodriguez
Research Associate

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Professor Christopher Petkov
Professor in Comparative Neuropsychology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3467

Coline Poirier
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8642

Dr Claudia Racca
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8716

Professor Jenny Read
Professor of Vision Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7559

Professor Adrian Rees
Professor of Auditory Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6956

Dr Francesca Rocchi
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6984

Dr Ronny Rosner
Research Associate

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Felix Schneider
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86255

Dr Will Sedley
Training Fellow

Dr Evelyne Sernagor
Reader in Developmental Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8541/8686

Dr Mohammed Shoaib
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7839

Dominic Simpson
Research Technician

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Emeritus Professor Clarke Slater
Senior Experimental Scientific Officer, Scientific Director Applied NMJ Research Laboratory

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5954

Dr Tom Smulders
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5790

Dr Demetris Soteropoulos
Lecturer (Motor Systems Neuroscience)

Molly Stapleton
Research Assistant

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Professor Alexander Thiele
Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7564

Dr Rhys Thomas
Clinical Int Fellow/Honorary Consultant

Professor Andrew Trevelyan
Professor of Network Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5732

Jennifer Tulip
Research Associate

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Jochem van Kempen
Research Assistant

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8795

Dr Quoc Vuong
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6183

Dr Roger Whittaker
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2083543

Dr Ben Wilson
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 191 208 6948

Dr Wei Xu
Research Associate

Dr Boubker Zaaimi
Research Associate

Email:

Dr Friederike Zimmermann
Visiting Researcher