With a background in both physics (MPhys Oxford, 1997) and neuroscience (MSc, UCL 1999) my research is focussed on developing novel methodology to study brain function. Following a PhD on quantitative measurements of cerebral blood flow (UCL, 2002), I moved to the Netherlands to complete postdoctoral research using fMRI and MEG. In 2005 I returned to the UK, first to the University of Liverpool and, since 2008, the Manchester University. One principle area of reseach concerns mechanisms of brain plasticity following a New Investigators Award from the Medical Research Council in 2006. I continue to study the cerebrovascular system, and have developed quantitative measurements of cerebral blood flow, microvessel structure, oxygen metabolism and blood-brain barrier integrity. Key applications are in ageing, cerebral small vessel disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's Disease with an aim to understand mechanisms of cognitive decline.
1997 – 2001 PhD at the Institute of Neurology, University College London.
‘Measuring blood perfusion in the brain using arterial spin labelled MRI’.
1998 - 1999 MSc at University College London.
Neurological Science. Research project in visual psychophysics.
1993 - 1997 MPhys (Hons) 2:1 Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.