Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Professor Marcus Kaiser

Professor of Neuroinformatics



My main scientific interests are in the area of network analysis both of cortical as well as neuronal networks and the interplay between network structure and function. Current projects investigate the role of structural brain connectivity on neural activity patterns. I also work on the development and plasticity after lesions of neural networks.


M.Sc. (Biology) Ruhr-University-Bochum, 2002
Ph.D. (Neuroscience) Jacobs University,  2005


Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) since 2016
UK Computing Research Council (UKCRC)
British Neuroscience Association (BNA)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member
International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR)
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM),  British Chapter
MRC NMHB Funding panel
EPSRC College 

Area of expertiseComputational Neuroscience, Network Analysis, Connectome, Connectomics, Neuroinformatics, Brain Development

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Research Interests

Network analysis
Computational Neuroanatomy

Research Roles

- Chair of Neuroinformatics UK
- Group leader in Neuroinformatics (see Neuroinformatics@Newcastle)
- Visiting Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Riu Jin Hospital, China

Postgraduate Supervision

- Chris Papasavvas (PhD student; 2013-present)
- Chris Thornton (PhD student; 2014-present)
- Michael Mackay (PhD student; 2015-present)
- Dr Roman Bauer (PDRA; 2013-present)
- Dr Yujiang Wang (PDRA; 2013-present)
- Dr Luis Peraza (PDRA; 2013-present)

Esteem Indicators

Member of the Editorial Board of Network Neuroscience (MIT Press), PLOS Computational Biology, Royal Society Open Science, Applied Network Science (Springer), Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, PLOS ONE, and ACM Computing Reviews.

Selected invited talks:

- Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, 3/2016
- Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, 8/2014
- Cambridge, UK, 4/2014
- King's College London, UK, 6/2013
- CERN, Switzerland, 4/2013
- KAIST, South Korea, 5/2010
- RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan, 5/2010
- Seoul National University, South Korea, 5/2009
- Imperial College London, 11/2008
- Oxford, UK, 12/2007
- Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany, 3/2007
- Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA, 1/2007
- European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Cambridge, UK, 6/2006
- Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, USA, 10/2004


MRC grant (PI), 2019
EPSRC Programme grant (Co-I), 2016
Alzheimer Research UK grant (Co-I), 2016
Wellcome Trust/EPSRC CANDO project (Co-I), 2014
EPSRC Research Grant (PI), 2013
NIHR - PostDoc Fellowship (Co-I), 2013
BBSRC - PhD studentship (PI), 2013
Amazon Research Grant (PI), 2011
EPSRC Impact Award (PI), 2011
Santander Visiting Fellowship (PI), 2010
EPSRC - First Grant (PI), 2009
BBSRC - PhD studentship (PI), 2009
Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme (Co-PI), 2007
Royal Society - Research Grant (PI), 2007
EPSRC - CARMEN Neuroinformatics project (Co-I), 2006
EPSRC – CASE for New Academics Award (PI), 2006


Postgraduate Teaching

CSC8314 MRes Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics (module leader)
MMB8019 MRes Sensory Systems