Research Team

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Maria Prats-Sedano

Dr Maria Prats-Sedano (Cambridge)

Maria is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the Lewy body disorders. She is the study coordinator on the Multimodal imaging and computational modelling of Dementia with Lewy bodies (MILOS) Project. She holds a BSc Hons Degree in Psychology and a PhD (Doctor Europaeus) in Neuroscience awarded by the University of Padova (Italy). She has experience working as a Clinical Neuropsychologist and researcher in international neurorehabilitation and research centres with patients with neurodegenerative diseases. 

Dr Yi Zhang

Dr Yi Zhang (Cambridge)

Yi is a postdoctoral researcher from the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence (ISTBI) at Fudan University and a visiting researcher at the department of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He mainly works on resting-state and task fMRI/EEG/MEG data analysis on healthy participants. His research interests include sex and gender in the brain, and brain dynamics. In his postdoctoral project in Cambridge, he will explore MEG biomarkers for dementia with Lewy bodies using techniques he developed during his PhD.

Dr Carlos Muñoz Neira

Dr Carlos Muñoz Neira (Sheffield)

Carlos is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Sheffield. He has a PhD in Clinical Neurosciences and holds a Master of Sciences in Neuropsychology (University of Bristol). His doctoral studies were aimed at investigating the neural correlates of impaired insight in frontotemporal dementia employing both neuropsychological testing and structural brain imaging. Before moving to England, he qualified as a Clinical Psychologist (Universidad de Chile) and worked at the Neurology Department of a renowned public Hospital in Santiago de Chile (Hospital del Salvador) for several years, where he combined clinical and research work. His research interests focus on clinical neuropsychology and brain imaging in patients with different forms of cognitive decline, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal, dementia, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Clinical Research Fellows

Dr Elizabeth McKiernan

Dr Elizabeth McKiernan (Cambridge)

Elizabeth is a medical doctor and an Alzheimer's Society Clinical Research Fellow working primarily on the use of 7T MRI to investigate dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease.

PhD Students

Miss Coco Newton

Miss Coco Newton (Cambridge)

Coco holds a BSc First Class in biomedical science from King's College London. Her PhD combines immersive virtual reality tests of navigation with 7 tesla ultra-high-field neuroimaging to explore the earliest structural and functional brain changes due to Alzheimer's disease.

Ludmila Kucikova

Miss Ludmila Kucikova (Sheffield)

Ludka is a PhD Student at the University of Sheffield, where she combines computational approaches and multimodal imaging to investigate neuronal dysfunctions and mental deficits in neurodegeneration, namely Dementia with Lewy bodies (MILOS project) and Alzheimer’s Disease (Prevent-Dementia project). She holds a Master of Science by Research degree in Integrative Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and an undergraduate degree (MA) in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. Her research interests include computational psychiatry and neurology, multimodal imaging, connectomics, and unhealthy ageing.

Miss Dunia Al Hamad

Miss Dunia Al Hamad (Sheffield)

Dunia is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, where she studies the neuroinflammatory and neurovascular microenvironment in Alzheimer's disease using PET/MRI imaging modalities. She gained a master degree in medical imaging from University of Leeds - United Kingdom, and an undergraduate degree (BSc) in radiological sciences from King Saud University - Saudi Arabia. Her research interests include multimodal imaging (PET/MRI), functional, spectroscopy and susceptibility weighted MR and TESPO PET. Moreover, she supports several studies in providing detailed physical, neurological, and neuropsychiatric examinations and general cognition assessment.

MSc/MPhil Students

Miss Hoda Kalabizadeh

Miss Hoda Kalabizadeh (Cambridge)

Hoda is a Health Data Science MPhil student at the University of Cambridge. For her MPhil project, she works on developing statistical models from neuroimaging biomarkers (MEG, EEG and MRI) to investigate underlying patterns and potential diagnostic features of dementia with Lewy bodies. Hoda holds a MEng First Class in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. Her research interests include signal and image processing, machine learning, and computational statistics, with a special interest in their application to neuroscience.

Associated Members

Vlad Morozan

Mr Vlad Morozan

Vlad is an Associated Researcher in the AICN Group working on computational modelling that could explain the mechanisms behind recurrent visual hallucinations in DLB. He is a medical doctor at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania, where he has worked with mice exploring animal models of dystonia and epilepsy.

Visiting Researchers

Dr Yujing Huang

Dr Yujing Hunag (Cambridge)

Yujing is a visiting researcher in the lab working on the EEG/MEG data analysis and acquisition in the 'Multimodal imaging and computational modelling of Dementia with Lewy bodies' (MILOS) project. Before leaving the UK, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the AICN Group based in Cambridge.

Mr Weijie Huang

Mr Weijie Hunag (Sheffield)

Weijie is a visiting researcher in the Department of Neuroscience, The University of Sheffield. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and is conducting PhD degree in Psychology Department, Beijing Normal University. His research focus on the relationship between cognitive aging and cerebral aging by using magnetic resonance imaging. He is currently applying machine learning and deep learning on magnetic resonance imaging dataset to predict cognitive decline.

Miss Lu Cheng

Miss Lu Cheng (Cambridge)

Lu is a visiting researcher at Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. She is conducting PhD degree in School of management, Zhejiang University. Her research interests include decision neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience. She is currently working on a study using computation model to decompose decision-making process for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s diease.

Previous Members

Dr Manmohi Dake

Dr Manmohi Dake (Sheffield)

Manmohi worked as a part-time postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Neuroscience, The University of Sheffield. She holds a Master of Science degree in neuropsychology from the University of Bristol and a Masters in Research degree from the University of Sheffield. She went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience at The University of Sheffield and her research explored how modifiable lifestyle factors can affect brain structure and function in healthy adults and patients with Alzheimer’s Disease using multi-modal neuroimaging. Her research interests include ageing, Alzheimer’s disease and lifestyle factors. She is currently using machine learning to model neuroimaging data to investigate the link between genetic risk and Alzheimer’s disease in younger adults. After leaving Sheffield, she started a full time postdoctoral job in Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at Kings College London.

Dr Min Huey Ong

Dr Min Huey Ong (Cambridge)

Min worked as the administrator for Alzheimer's Research UK East Network Centre, providing administrative support to Professor Li Su in running the East Network Centre until Dec 2021. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Arts and Social Sciences. She completed her PhD at Loughborough University and her research focus was on evaluating organisational changes in adopting a new technology.

Miss Bryan Yau

Mr Yuet Yan Bryan Yau (Cambridge)

Bryan holds a BSc First Class in Physics from University of London, Royal Holoway and a Mmath from Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. He conducted PhD research in Cambridge before 2021 developing novel multivariate imaging analysis methodology and applying them to MEG and EEG data sets for studying dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease. 

Mr Michail Iatrakis

Mr Michail Iatrakis (Sheffield)

Michail completed MSc in Clinical Neurology at the University of Sheffield in 2020/2021. His MSc research project investigates early hippocampal subfield volumn changes in individuals with genetic risk for dementia. He achieved distinction in his MSc research project.

Mr Samuel Bennett

Mr Samuel Bennett (Sheffield)

Sam completed MSc in Translational Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in 2020/2021. His MSc research project investigates early cerabral blood flow in individuals with genetic risk for dementia. He has been awarded the Department prize for the highest result in the research project, and is the winner of the Jonathan Stone prize for Translational Neuroscience for the highest overall result in the masters.

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