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  • Dr Johan Alsiö
    My main research interest is the cognitive control over behaviour in health and disease. I am currently studying the neurobiological basis of cognitive flexibility in the intact brain and in preclinical models of schizophrenia.
  • Michael Anderson Professor Michael Anderson
    Dr. Anderson focuses on fundamental mechanisms of memory, attention, and cognitive control, and their interaction. A central observation is that memory, like other aspects of cognition and behaviour, poses problems of control. Dr. Anderson uses ...
  • Annemieke Apergis-Schoute Dr Annemieke Apergis-Schoute
    I study how humans acquire emotions, in particular fear, and most importantly how to extinguish negative memories or how to have control over negative states. I did my PhD at New York University where I studied with Professor Joseph LeDoux & Profe...
  • Dr Mercedes Arroyo
    BCNI administrator
  • Anat Arzi Dr Anat Arzi
    Consciousness is a central aspect of our experience of the world. The neural fingerprint of this experience, however, remains one of the least understood aspects of the human brain. No agreement has yet emerged on which aspects of brain function u...
  • Paula Banca Dr Paula Banca
    My research is aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms underlying action control with the purpose of developing more effective treatments in psychiatric diseases. I am interested in compulsive disorders, particularly Obsessive-Compulsive Diso...
  • Tristan Bekinschtein Dr Tristan Bekinschtein
    I am interested in non-classic approaches to study the physiology and cognition of consciousness. I have wide Interests in Cognition and neurophysiology. In the last few years I have been mainly concentrating in describing different states of con...
  • David Belin Dr David Belin
    Our research is interested in the neural, cellular and molecular substrates of inter-individual vulnerability to develop impulsive/compulsive disorders such as drug addiction, Obsessive / Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, pathological gamb...
  • Aude Belin-Rauscent Dr Aude Belin-Rauscent
    My research is interested in the neurophysiological and neuropharmacological substrates of compulsive disorders such as drug addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Bastiaan Bijleveld Mr Bastiaan Bijleveld
    My current project involves investigating the neural substrates of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). One particular region of interest for us is the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC). This brain region has a central multifaceted role in OC...
  • Annette Brühl Dr Annette Brühl
    My research is concerned with the interaction of emotion and cognition - how cognitive processes regulate emotion, how emotion interacts with cognition - with a particular focus on the neurofunctional processes. These processes are disturbed in af...
  • Ed Bullmore Professor Ed Bullmore
    I am interested in understanding human brain network organization from neuroimaging data in health and disease. My recent methodological work has focused on graph theory to measure aspects of brain network topology. I am also interested in bette...
  • Tim Bussey Professor Tim Bussey
    Lisa Saksida and I are PIs in the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (TCNLab). The driving force behind all of the work in our lab is exactly as the name suggests: we want to understand the neuroscience of cognition, and to facilitate transl...
  • Emma Cahill Dr Emma Cahill
    My immediate objective is to develop my research in neuronal signalling complexes and apply what I find to unanswered fundamental questions related to memory and adaptive behaviour. In my research, I address the signalling requirements of memories...
  • Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn Dr Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn
    I study social cognition with a focus on social influence and prosocial behaviour with a neuroscience focus. I have moved to the University of Sussex where I am currently the PI of The Social Decision Laboratory. Come visit! http://www.thesoc...
  • Rudolf Cardinal Dr Rudolf Cardinal
    I am interested in computational models of attentional selection and cognition.
  • Lucy Cheke Dr Lucy Cheke
    My research concerns the mechanism by which the brain creates, maintains and manipulates representations of events that are not currently available to perception. These representations can take many forms: they can be memories of veridical past ev...
  • Dr Hannah Clarke
    Understanding the neural and neurochemical basis of behaviours mediated by the prefrontal cortex and their relevance to psychiatric disorders.
  • Nicky Clayton, Professor Nicky Clayton, FRS
    Nicky studies the development and evolution of cognition in members of the crow family (including jackdaws, rooks and jays) and humans. Her work has challenged many of the common-held assumptions that only humans can plan for the future and remini...
  • Rose Cooper Miss Rose Cooper
    My research focuses on cognitive and neurological differences in episodic memory between typical individuls and adults with autism spectrum disorder, specifically focusing on autism-related impairments in the use of recollection to retrieve contex...
  • Jeff Dalley Professor Jeff Dalley
    Primary research interests include behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, psychopharmacology and neuromodulation of limbic cortico-striatal brain circuitry. Specific interests include behavioural and neurobiological endophenotypes and their trans...
  • Daniel Davies Daniel Davies
    I am studying towards a combined medical degree and PhD (MB/PhD) at the University of Cambridge. I intercalated a BA in Department of Psychology before beginning my doctoral work supervised by Professors Paul Fletcher and Peter Jones. My research ...
  • Sanne de Wit Dr Sanne de Wit
    Whilst our actions are often goal-directed, slips of action reveal that automatic, or habitual, mechanisms can take over. Although the concepts of goal-directed action and habits are well-grounded in folk psychology, most empirical research so far...
  • Julia Deakin Dr Julia Deakin
    I plan to experiment with brain imaging techniques and immunomics to look for early changes in psychosis. In particular, I am interested in supporting a recently identified group of patients with psychosis who have autoantibodies to the NMDA recep...
  • Dr Andrew Dean
    Interest in: i) Genetically-determined and developmentally acquired disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system and muscle, encompassing neuropathy, myopathy, dystrophy, neuropathy, malformation, epilepsy and mental retardation; ii) st...
  • Natalia del Campo Dr Natalia del Campo
    My research focuses on the optimisation and application of multi-modal neuroimaging techniques to identify the neurobiological mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions and associated cognitive deficits. One aspect I am particularly interested ...
  • Mr Richard Digby BA
    Under the supervision of Professor Paulsen, my research currently involves the study of Up-sates, a slow oscillation seen in cortical networks. I am investigating the receptor currents that contribute to the maintenance of this activity, and also ...
  • Nick Donnelly Mr Nick Donnelly
    I am interested in understanding how different brain regions, containing different types of neurons, and with different architectures, are able to work together to process information and produce adaptive behaviour. Currently I am investigating t...
  • Dawn Eagle Dr Dawn Eagle
    How does the brain control impulsive and compulsive actions and stop inappropriate or unwanted behaviour? This question is relevant to many illnesses where brain function is altered (e.g,. ADHD, Parkinson's disease, OCD, schizophrenia, compulsive...
  • Karen Ersche Dr Karen Ersche
    My research focuses on the neuropsychological correlates and neurochemical processes underlying addictive behaviour and the translation of this knowledge into therapeutic interventions. This work involves a combination of approaches including neur...
  • Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS Professor Barry Everitt Sc.D., F.R.S., F.Med.Sci.
    My research is concerned with the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying learning, memory, motivation and reward especially related to drug addiction. A major research theme is the impact of learning on drug addiction - both its developmen...
  • Emilio  Fernandez-Egea Dr Emilio Fernandez-Egea
    My research interests are mostly the biological and clinical aspects of chronic schizophrenia. I’m the Clozapine Clinic Lead for the local MH Trust (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust). We study treatment resistant schizophrenia ...
  • Johanna J. S. Finnemann Johanna J. S. Finnemann
    My primary research interests concern sensorimotor integration and somatosensation which I investigate from a computational as well as experimental point of view. In particular I aim to understand how optimal control, predictive processes, motor l...
  • Paul Fletcher Professor Paul Fletcher
    I am interested in psychosis. I agree with the long tradition of clinical psychiatric research which suggests that, during a psychotic illness, the world is a strange place because strange associations are formed and inconsequential stimuli are as...
  • Maxime Fouyssac Mr Maxime Fouyssac
    My research project in David Belin’s lab at the department of Pharmacology and within the BCNI of Cambridge is to characterize the functional contribution of the astrocytes to the development of habitual and compulsive cocaine self-administration ...
  • Jane Garrison Jane Garrison
    Investigating reality testing failures in hallucinations, including in schizophrenia
  • Chiara Giuliano Dr Chiara Giuliano
    I am interested in the neural processes regulating the development of impulsive / compulsive disorders such as drug addiction and binge-eating disorders.
  • Miss Deborah Green
    The research I undertake investigates memory processes and the associated brain networks, supervised by Dr Jon Simons. Primarily I have carried out research into ageing and memory and also the role of the Angular Gyrus and its involvement in inte...
  • Ms Juliet Griffin
    I study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the formation and stubborn persistence of delusions and other psychotic symptoms in psychiatric illnesses like schizophrenia. I am interested in how the brain uses uncertain information (parti...
  • Regan Hamel
    I am working on a project that investigates the transcriptome of activated non-neuronal cells after traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). We are employing single cell RNA sequencing, a novel, unbiased, high-throughput technique, to elucidate the te...
  • Michael Hart Mr Michael Hart
    Resolving the dichotomy between effective resection of focal lesions and preservation of brain function is a fundamental goal in neurosurgery. To achieve this, I have started a PhD on brain mapping under the supervision of Professor John Suckling....
  • Dr Chris Heath
    I am interested in understanding how pathology-related molecular and cellular changes in defined neuronal circuits affect behaviour and cognition in neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Dr Nicole Horst
    I am interested in investigating the role of cortico-striatal circuits in flexible behaviour in order to understand how disruption of these circuits and their modulation by various neurotransmitters may underpin the inflexible behaviours observed ...
  • Fei-Yang HUANG M.D.
    My research focuses on neuroeconomics and decision neurophysiology. We associate neural signals with decision behaviour to elucidate how decisions are made in various context-dependent environment. We design behavioural tasks based on ...
  • Stacey Jackson Ms Stacey Jackson
    I am interested in the neural basis of types of learning that are implicated in OCD. I particularly focus on the OFC, striatum and amygdala and their modulation by serotonin and dopamine.
  • Sridhar rajan Jagannathan Sridhar rajan Jagannathan
    At the heart of my science, I aim to understand the mysterious phenomenon of consciousness. My research involves manipulating one of the dimensions of consciousness (arousal level) either in a natural sleep-awake process or through sedation. The...
  • Tun Jao Dr Tun Jao
    I am a neurologist with clinical interests in acute stroke and epilepsy management. After receiving a Masters degree in Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics in 2010, I started to do my PhD with Prof Ed Bullmore, and my focus is to explore neu...
  • Simon Jones Mr Simon Jones
    Imaging analysis and study design in Dr James Rowe's Group. Mainly looking at impulsivity in Parkinson's disease, stroke and dementia using structutral MR, PET and fMRI.
  • Dr Bianca Jupp
    My research primarily concerns investigating the neurobiology underlying the behavioural trait of impulsivity and related cognitive endophenotypes and how these confer risk for developing drug abuse and addiction. I am particularly interested in t...
  • Jonathan Kanen Jonathan Kanen
    I am an MD candidate from the USA and a Gates Cambridge scholar working on my PhD in the Department of Psychology. The brain chemical serotonin is implicated in a wide range of affective and behavioural processes and is a key drug target in nume...
  • Muzaffer  Kaser Dr Muzaffer Kaser
    I am a psychiatrist interested in brain substrates of cognitive impairments associated with psychiatric disorders, I am investigating the mechanisms underlying cognitive dysfunction in depression with a particular focus on pro-cognitive medication.
  • Dr Golam Khandaker
    Working at the interface between immunology and psychiatry, my research examines novel immunological mechanism and treatment for depression, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders using epidemiological, genetic and treatment studies. I am...
  • Manfred Kitzbichler Dr Manfred Kitzbichler
    Having a physics background, I am applying general concepts to the analysis of brain activation. This involves both fMRI and MEG, resting state as well as task related data. In particular I am interested in understanding the spatio-temporal dynami...
  • Dr Rebecca Lawson
    We all have expectations about how the how the world should look, feel, smell, taste and sound. These expectations act as predictions to guide us when we are uncertain, and signal when something out of the ordinary is happening. My work uses com...
  • Tilman Lesch Tilman Lesch
    My research is focused on human cognition and brain mechanisms relevant for learning and decision-making under uncertainty. I’m interested how personality factors such as impulsiveness or novelty seeking are related to individual’s decision-making...
  • Danuta Lisiecka Dr Danuta Lisiecka
    I am interested in how MRI techniques can help us understand susceptibility to psychiatric disorders and mechanisms of action of psychiatric treatments. My current research focuses on: A) neural mechanism of action of Minocycline on negative sy...
  • Mary-Ellen Lynall Mary-Ellen Lynall
    Interests: immune-brain interactions, network science, psychiatry
  • Amy Milton Dr Amy Milton
    Memory is a critical function of the brain, but little is known about the mechanisms by which memories are modified, adapted, and persist. Memories are known to 'reconsolidate' undergoing updating and strengthening following their destabilisation ...
  • Sharon Morein-Zamir Dr Sharon Morein-Zamir
    I study different psychological and neuropsychological aspects of compulsivity and impulsivity. For example, I investigate how people control their actions and inhibit or change them when the behaviours are deemed no longer appropriate or disrupti...
  • Laurel S Morris Laurel S Morris
    I have studied disorders of addiction, focussing on correlates of impulsivity and compulsivity. I am also interested in psychopharmacology; how neurotransmitter dynamics of neural circuits influence cognition.
  • Graham Murray Dr Graham Murray
    I work on the pathophysiological mechanisms of symptoms (like hallucinations and delusions, or anhedonia) in psychiatric and neurological disorders, such depression, schizophrenia or Parkinson’s Disease. I utilize a variety of cognitive neuroscien...
  • Jennifer Murray Dr Jennifer Murray
    My research primarily involves mapping the striatal circuitry responsible for the transition from goal-directed to habitual drug seeking.
  • Pradeep Nathan Pradeep Nathan
    I am a clinical pharmacologist with research interests in the neuropharmacology and neural substrates of cognition and emotion and psychiatric and neurological endophenotypes. I use cognitive, functional and molecular neuroimaging techniques (i.e....
  • Claire O'Callaghan Dr Claire O'Callaghan
    I am a clinical research fellow with a focus on neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative conditions. Symptoms such as apathy, depression, impulsivity and social impairments are common in neurodegenerative disease. My research takes a trans...
  • Ms Bianca Oltean
    I am interested in the role of inflammation in mental health disorders. As part of the InPsych Lab, I am working on elucidating the possible links between inflammation and depression. We are using observational and experimental medicine studies ...
  • Ole Paulsen Professor Ole Paulsen
    The primary interest of my group is the relationship between network oscillations and synaptic plasticity. Network oscillations naturally organise spike timing conducive to spike timing-dependent plasticity (STDP), a strong candidate for a mechani...
  • Omar David Perez Omar Perez
    I'm generally interested in human and animal Associative Learning and value based Decision-Making (Neuroeconomics). Under the supervision of Dr. Amy Milton and Prof. Anthony Dickinson, my Ph.D. work focused in developing a computational dual-syste...
  • Dr Benjamin Phillips
    My main research interests are the neuropharmacological and computational mechanisms that support motivation and reinforcement learning and how these systems are disrupted in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Timothy Rittman Dr Timothy Rittman BMBS BMedSci PgCertMedEd MRCP(London) PhD
    I work with patients suffering from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). These are two rare types of dementia with similarities to Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. My main interest is functional bra...
  • Trevor Robbins Professor Trevor Robbins
    Research interests span the areas of cognitive neuroscience, behavioural neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Main work focuses on the functions of the frontal lobes of the brain and their connections with other regions. These brain systems are re...
  • Angela Roberts Professor Angela Roberts FMedSci
    I am interested in the brain networks underlying cognitive and emotional behaviour. In particular, my research focuses on the executive control functions of the prefrontal cortex and related brain structures, including the basal ganglia and the am...
  • Professor James B. Rowe
    Dementia and Neurodegeneration have devastating consequences. My work aims to protect brain function in those at risk of dementia, and restore brain function in those with symptoms. My program has four pillars: 1. to define cognitive processes tha...
  • Mikail Rubinov Mikail Rubinov
    Complex-network mapping of structural and functional connectomes; constraints and principles of whole-brain network organization; information transfer in large-scale brain dynamics; neuropsychiatric connectivity phenotypes.
  • Barbara Sahakian Professor Barbara Sahakian FMedSci DSc
    My research is aimed at understanding the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction in order to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments. The focus of my lab is on early detection, differential dia...
  • Lisa Saksida Dr Lisa Saksida
    We are working toward a better understanding of the psychological processes underlying memory and perception through a programme of theoretically-driven experimental research using both healthy subjects and brain-damaged populations. Research in m...
  • Andrea Santangelo Dr Andrea Santangelo M
    My work focuses on gene variation associated to emotional and cognitive behaviour. In particular, I study polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene that are linked to vulnerability to early-life stress and the development of affective disord...
  • Dr George Savulich
    Cognitive enhancement in neuropsychiatric disorders and in healthy people; the impact of technology on older age mental health; the effects of novel psychoactive substances on cognition and emotion; and information-processing biases in psychosis.
  • Stephen Sawiak Dr Stephen Sawiak
    I am a physicist working with MRI. My primary research interest has been in morphometry, with structural imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and spectroscopy. I am particularly focussed on preclinical applications.
  • Wolfram Schultz Professor Wolfram Schultz
    Our group is interested to relate the mechanics of brain activity to measurable behaviour. We combine neurophysiological, imaging and behavioural techniques to investigate the neural correlates of goal-directed. We are interested in outcome value ...
  • Jakob Seidlitz Jakob Seidlitz
    Adolescence is a time of major physical, chemical, and biological changes, as well as a common period of onset for various brain-related disorders. Thus, it is crucial that we develop methods that help us achieve a full understanding of normative ...
  • Ben Seymour Dr Ben Seymour
    My research aims to understand how pain is processed in the human brain by using a combination of theoretical and experimental methods. Our goal is to use this knowledge to design new types of (technology-based) treatment for patients who suffer f...
  • Maxwell Shinn Mr Maxwell Shinn
    I study how network theory can be used to quantitatively and qualitatively understand the brain. In particular, I use resting state fMRI to construct undirected correlation graphs, and then analyze topological properties of these graphs, such as ...
  • Jon Simons Dr Jon Simons
    Our research investigates the role of brain regions such as the frontal, medial temporal, and parietal lobes in human memory. This work involves inter-relating cognitive hypotheses with evidence from functional neuroimaging of healthy volunteers ...
  • Nikolina Skandali Dr Nikolina Skandali MD MSc PhD FRSA
    I am interested in studying decision making process and the underlying neural mechanisms. I recently completed by PhD in how serotonin affects a broad range of cognitive functions including response inhibition, reinforcement learning and emotional...
  • John Suckling John Suckling
    Neuroimaging is a major contributor to the renaissance of experimental psychiatry and psychology. Drawing on the extensive infrastructure of Cambridge Neuroscience and Department of Psychiatry’s close links between research and clinical practice, ...
  • Tor Tarantola Tor Tarantola
    I study reinforcement learning, value-based decision-making, and social cognition. I am especially interested in how these processes contribute to moral judgments, in particular how people decide to punish others for violating social norms. I use ...
  • Gonzalo P. Urcelay Dr Gonzalo P. Urcelay
    I am interested in learning theories and the neurobiological substrates of acquired behaviour. I am currently conducting studies to assess the involvement of the prefrontal cortex in the transition from goal-directed to habitual behaviours and its...
  • Matilde Vaghi Matilde Vaghi
    Matilde is taking advantage of well defined, standardized cross-species paradigms and innovative imaging techniques to precisely characterize patterns of abnormalities within fronto-striatal circuits in OCD patients. Aim of Matilde’s work is to te...
  • Natalie Valle Guzman Natalie Valle Guzman
    I work at the Brain Repair Centre as a neuropsychologist. I manage the Transeuro trial and assess Parkinson´s and Huntington's diaease patients in clinic with multiple neuropsychological assessments. I am particularly interested in cognitive enha...
  •  Dr Petra Vertes
    I am an MRC fellow in Bioinformatics at the Brain Mapping Unit (BMU). My work builds on methods and concepts from physics and bioinformatics and applies them to fundamental problems in neuroscience. In particular, I am interested in the structure-...
  • Valerie Voon Dr Valerie Voon
    Why do we repeat behaviours that we know are bad for us? I am a neuropsychiatrist and Medical Research Council Senior Clinical Fellow with the Department of Psychiatry. The Voon lab focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying self-control and...
  • Miss Margaret Westwater
    My primary scientific aim is to examine the interaction between peripheral metabolic signaling and neural activity in individuals with healthy and disordered eating behaviors. This work involves measurement of metabolic functioning (e.g., body com...
  • Yin Wu Mr Yin Wu
    decision-making; gambling
  • Dr Gwyneth Zai
    My research area focuses on the genetics and pharmacogenetics of psychiatric disorders. Almost all psychiatric disorders are complex and heterogeneous in nature and my research aims to identify homogeneous phenotypes, specifically cognitive profi...
  • Peter Zhukovsky Mr Peter Zhukovsky
    My reseach focuses on the neural and behavioural mechanisms of drug addiction. More specifically, I am interested in the role of compulsivity as an endophenotype pre-disposing animals to drug addiction. Currently I am using a behavioural task to r...
  • Ms Leor Zmigrod
    My research aims to combine experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the psychological processes that underlie ideology adherence and group identity formation. What cognitive characteristics might make an individual more suscept...

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