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  • Richard Adams Dr Richard Adams
    My group is interested in the mechanisms of morphogenesis that shape the early central nervous system. Using zebrafish as a developmental model, we image the movements of many hundreds of cells using time-lapse micoscopy. Applying methods of image...
  • Dwaipayan Adhya Dr Deep Adhya
    We have recently shown that the in-vitro neural tube structure, the ‘neural rosette’ is affected in autism induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived neurons. This suggests that an autism diagnosis has genetic and epigenetic influences affecting...
  • Dr Danyal Akarca
    I'm a medical doctor and computational neuroscience PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, researching generative models of brain networks. I'm interested in the essential generative principles driving the development of struct...
  • Dr Xana Almeida
    During neural development the proper number of each specific cell type must be generated at the correct time and place. Thus, a precise balance between cell division, cell survival, cell cycle exit and differentiation must be achieved. However, th...
  • Dr Duncan Astle
    Duncan is a Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow and Director of Studies at Robinson College. Within the School of Clinical Medicine he is the Chair of the NIHR BioResource, a...
  • Professor Clare Baker
    We are investigating a broad range of questions relating to the development of neurogenic placodes and the neural crest, two embryonic cell populations in vertebrates that together build the entire peripheral nervous system. Current projects inclu...
  • Sara Baker Dr Sara Baker
    I am interested in the role of pre-frontal functions (i.e., impulse control) in the formation and expression of beliefs especially during early childhood. I use behavioral and physiological measures (eye-tracking) to examine how children learn to...
  • Michael Bate Professor Michael Bate
    My research is concerned with the way in which the machinery underlying coordinated movement is genetically specified and assembled during embryonic development. On the one hand this involves an analysis of the way in which muscles are assembled, ...
  • Saashi Bedford
    My research focuses on using neuroimaging to try to parse the heterogeneity observed in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. I am particularly interested in sex differences, subgrouping, and brain-behaviour relationships.
  • Jimena Berni Dr Jimena Berni
    My research is concerned with the way the neuronal network underlying locomotor behaviour assembles during embryonic development. In particular I am focussing in the mechanisms that contribute to the stability and reliability of the neuronal circu...
  • Dr Giacomo Bignardi
    I'm a developmental scientist working in the The Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Sarah-Jayne Blakemore) Group. I'm broadly interested in how the environment influences the brain, behaviour and cognition, and in adolescent health. I'm also ...
  • Sarah Bray Professor Sarah Bray
    We are interested in understanding the signalling pathways that co-ordinate the decisions made by cells during development. The ultimate fate of a cell is dictated in part by its heredity and in part through interactions with neighbouring cells. O...
  • Dr Lizzie Buchanan-Worster
    I am interested in how children perceive spoken language and how this relates to language and literacy development. I completed my PhD at UCL in 2019, supervised by Professor Mairéad MacSweeney and Professor Charles Hulme. My PhD research focussed...
  • 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...
  • Lincoln Colling Dr Lincoln Colling
    My primary research area is focused on understanding the neural basis of developmental dyslexia. I have secondary interests in action observation, motor prediction, sensory-motor synchronisation, EEG/MEG methodology, and philosophy of neuroscience...
  • 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...
  • Dr Laura Dearden
    I am a post-doctoral research associate in Professor Sue Ozanne’s lab in the Institute of Metabolic Science. The Ozanne lab is interested in understanding how exposure to maternal obesity programs an increased risk of cardio-metabolic disease in o...
  • Dr Andrea Dimitracopoulos
    After training as a Biomedical Engineer at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Andrea started his PhD in Theoretical Physics and Cell Biology at University College London, on the CoMPLEX programme. Under the supervision of Buzz Baum,...
  • Dr Ichrak DRISSI
    I'm a neuroscientist at Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), University of Cambridge. My research interests aim to understand genetic alterations underlying painlessness and excess pain disorders. By analysing DNA from patients sufferi...
  • Mr Jacob Dundee
    My project is to understand the role of microglia in development, tauopathy, and ageing. As a person get older, microglia have been found to ‘eat’ synapses of stressed but still functional neurons, possibly driving the disease progression of many ...
  • Alex Dunn
    I'm a PhD student studying the development of cellular-scale brain networks in vitro. I grow primary murine neuronal cultures and record spontaneous activity on microelectrode arrays (MEAs). I also analyse MEA recordings of stem-cell-derived huma...
  • Miss Josefine Eck
    I am currently an MPhil student at the University of Cambridge studying basic and translational neuroscience. I am intrigued by the complexity of neurological dysfunctions and the consequences when individuals lose certain parts of the brain. I am...
  • Stephen Eglen Dr Stephen Eglen
    I use computational tools to help investigate mechanisms of neural development. In particular, I study the formation of retinotopic maps and retinal mosaics in vertebrate visual systems. In addition, I am interested in the analysis of large-scale...
  • Anne Ferguson-Smith Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith
    Genomic imprinting is an epigenetic mechanism causing genes to be expressed depending on their parental origin. Our research investigates the mechanism and evolution of genomic imprinting and the function of imprinted genes in development and dise...
  • Dr Andre Ferreira Castro
    So far my research has been driven by a deep fascination for the shape–function relationship in neuroscience. I have been particularly interested in understanding how neuronal structural patterns combined with rich neuronal dynamics provide the b...
  • Susan Gathercole Professor Susan Gathercole
    I am a cognitive psychologist with interests in memory, learning and language. Until 2018 I was the Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) in Cambridge and am now based in Developmental Psychiatry. One strand of my research in...
  • Dr Jenny Gibson
    Jenny’s research interests lie in the interplay between linguistic and social development from childhood through to adolescence. She studied at University of Manchester where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy, before going on ...
  • Usha Goswami Professor Usha Goswami
    I am the Director of the Centre for Neuroscience in Education. The Centre uses EEG and fNIRS to explore the developing brain. Key research projects include the neural basis of developmental dyslexia, the neural basis of speech and language impairm...
  • Panyuan Guo
    I work with Dr Lucy Cheke in the Cognition and Motivated Behaviour Lab. I’m interested in exploring the factors that affect episodic memory development in children. While previous research has concentrated on the emergence of episodic memory in th...
  • Dr Lorna Halliday
    Dr Halliday currently holds a Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Fellowship in Hearing Research at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. Dr Halliday's research focuses on auditory perception in children. She studies how auditory processes...
  • Professor Gordon Harold
    My primary research interests focus on (1) examining the interplay between family relationship dynamics and child-adolescent mental health, (2) understanding the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal environmental factors and ch...
  • Professor William Harris
    Where does the nervous system come from in the embryo? How does it grow to the right size and shape? How do stem cells turn into more committed neuronal progenitors and how do these cells know when to leave the cycle and differentiate into neural ...
  • Dr Joni Holmes
    I am interested in the overlap between working memory, attention and executive function processes in children and adults. My research has focussed on the role of working memory in children's mathematical skills, and on understanding the cognitive ...
  • Fumiya Iida Dr Fumiya Iida
    Our research interests lie at the biologically inspired robotics, i.e. the cross section between biology and robotics: We are interested in extracting design principles of nature and extend them for improving our robotics technologies.
  • Lenka Janik Blaskova
    My research investigates the peer relations and wellbeing of children with developmental language disorder. Children with DLD have complex psycholinguistic profile and some are able to adapt their behaviours better than others. This gets reflected...
  • Dr Alexis Joannides
    We have established a scaleable and clinically compatible system for generating and propagating neural stem cells from human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Using this platform, and building on our work on mouse ES cells demonstrating a correlation of ...
  • Professor Mark Johnson FBA
    Johnson has published over 360 papers and 10 books on brain and cognitive development in human infants, children and in other species. His laboratory currently focuses on typical, at-risk and atypical functional brain development in human infants ...
  • Napoleon  Katsos Dr Napoleon Katsos
    I am interested in how developmental research can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa. My particular focus is in the area of semantics and pragmatics, and in language learning by monolingual and bilingual children as well as child...
  • Dr Laura Katus
    My main research interest lies in understanding how the early environment shapes the developing brain. I am particularly interested in how early adversity, as is frequently experienced by children in low- and middle-income countries, affects their...
  • Dr David Keays
    The Keays lab exploits cerebral organoids, 2-photon light microscopy, and in vivo genetic methods to investigate important questions in developmental and sensory neurobiology. We are interested in: (1) How mutations in the tubulin and MAST genes c...
  • Barry Keverne Professor Barry Keverne
    Professor Keverne has long standing experience in behavioural neuroscience and has, in the past 10 years, brought molecular genetic techniques to focus on brain development and investigate how genetic perturbations of the brain influence brain fun...
  • Niklas Krick
    I investigate, how during a critical period towards the end of embryogenesis, fundamental properties of neurons and neuronal circuits are determined, to specify homeostatic setpoints. To address this, I am taking advantage of the well characterise...
  • Meng-Chuan Lai Dr Meng-Chuan Lai
    As a clinician scientist, my vision is to bridge and integrate multi-level biological-cognitive-psychological-social research and clinical services. My clinical interests are in the risk and resilience processes across the lifespan in individuals ...
  • Madeline Lancaster Dr Madeline Lancaster
    Human brain development exhibits a number of unique characteristics, such as dramatic size expansion, unique cell types, and distinct neural stem cell behaviors. These characteristics are difficult to examine in model organisms such as mice and ar...
  • Matthias Landgraf Dr Matthias Landgraf
    We seek to understand how neural networks are specified and how they assemble during development. The locomotor network of the Drosophila embryo and larva serves as a powerful experimental model. Composed of identified neurons whose connections ha...
  • Ms Carolina Leal
    I am interested in how children with cochlear implants process sounds to understand how specific aspects of their auditory processing abilities influence their listening and spoken language outcomes.
  • Victoria Leong Dr Victoria Leong
    I am a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who is interested in the interpersonal neural dynamics of mother-infant interactions. Right now, I am studying the phenomenon of oscillatory coupling or synchronisation between mother and infant brains...
  • Michael Lombardo Dr Michael Lombardo
    I am interested in understanding the mechanisms occurring in early development that are behind atypical brain development in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Miss Annabel MacFarlane
    Neural landmarks for Developmental Dyslexia through auditory entrainment tasks
  • Miss Jessica Martin
    My research is interested in understanding early temperament and its relationship to emotional and behavioural difficulties in later childhood in rare genetic disorders and Intellectual Disability.
  • Dr Staci Meredith weiss
    My objective as a postdoctoral fellow within the Perinatal Imaging Partnership is to reconcile neural indicators of body maps, such as the somatosensory mismatch negativity and social body fNIRS, with behavioral profiles of infant spontaneous move...
  • Dr Susanna Mierau
    My research focuses on the fundamental rules that govern the development of synaptic and network activity in the cortex and how this process is disrupted in autism and related disorders, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapies. I com...
  • Dr Stefan Milde
    Cell-based assay development and screening for drug discovery in dementia.
  • Dr Eric Miska
    We are interested in all aspects of gene regulation by regulatory RNA. Current research themes include: miRNA biology and pathology, miRNA mechanism, piRNA biology and the germline, endo-siRNAs in epigenetic inheritance and evironmental conditioni...
  • Dr Amy Orben
    Amy’s research uses large-scale data to examine how digital technologies affect adolescent psychological well-being and mental health. She uses innovative and rigorous statistical methodology to shed new light on pressing questions debated in poli...
  • Dr Arkoprovo Paul
    I am investigating functional phenotypes of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived Neurons, Astrocytes and Microglia generated using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools and forward reprogramming technologies. My current research is focuss...
  • Alexa Pohl
    Many psychiatric conditions may have origins in abnormal brain development in utero. It is hypothesized that autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) may be linked to higher levels of testosterone during a critical period of brain 'programming' that occ...
  • Amber Ruigrok Amber Ruigrok
    Amber Ruigrok is a researcher at the Autism Research Centre, Dept of Psychiatry. Amber's PhD research investigated how testosterone and variation in the androgen receptor may be involved in the development of sex differences in human brain white m...
  • Patrice Smith Professor Patrice Smith
    Promoting regeneration and repair of the damaged CNS, with a particular focus on understanding the contribution of neuronal intrinsic mechanisms in axon regeneration.
  • Tess Smith
    Currently a PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, my research investigates the ways in which adversity influences neurodevelopment, and how the interaction between genetic, neural, environmental, and cognitive mechanisms promot...
  • Dr Daniel Sobrido-Cameán
    During my PhD, I have been carrying out studies using lampreys as an animal model for spinal cord injury. Lampreys are a good model of regeneration/plasticity. But, also has some limitations. For example, their life cycle takes between 5 and 7 yea...
  • Denes Szucs Dr Denes Szucs
    Dénes Szűcs has background in cognitive neuroscience and psychology. He has used electro-encephalography (EEG), electro-myography (EMG), functional near infrared imaging (fNIRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and behavioural methods...
  • Marco Tripodi Marco Tripodi
    One of the major tasks that the nervous system faces is that of linking perception to action. We perceive the world around us through our senses and we use this information to select the most appropriate set of actions. My lab studies the organiza...
  • Ms Maria Vedechkina
    I am interested the mechanisms through which childhood adversity, including abuse and neglect, shapes neurodevelopment and mental health across the lifespan. The aim of my research is to identify biobehavioural markers of risk and resilience to in...
  •  Dr Petra Vertes
    I lead the Systems and Computational Neuroscience group in the Department of Psychiatry, and I am a fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. I am also one of the co-founders of the Cambridge Networks Network - a forum for academics across different d...
  • Jack Waldman Mr Jack Waldman
    I am currently working as a Research Assistant on several projects with fellow colleagues at the ARC. One project is investigating the role of foetal testosterone in later brain function. The other two are investigating brain development in siblin...
  • Natalia Zdorovtsova
    My research focuses on establishing links between attributes of brain structure, brain function, and behaviour in children with neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and autism. I am interested in applying complex systems approaches - such as Co...
  • Maarten Zwart Mr Maarten Zwart
    Dendrites are the postsynaptic structures of neurons, specialised to receive and integrate inputs from other cells. The dendritic geometry, regulated by intrinsic programmes of cell type specification and extrinsic factors during development, crit...

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