Principal Investigator

Damian Cruse

Damian grew up in Aberystwyth, Wales, and studied his undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at Cardiff University from 2002-2006. In 2009 he completed his PhD at Cardiff University under the supervision of Prof. Ed Wilding. From 2009 to 2015, Damian was a post-doctoral fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Cambridge, UK) and a research scientist at The Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Adrian M. Owen. In September 2015, Damian began as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, and in 2018 was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

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PhD Students

Leah Banellis

Leah studied her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Human Biology at Plymouth University, with her BSc project supervised by Dr Susan Blackmore. She completed her MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham, researching electrophysiological markers of conscious speech processing whilst supervised by Dr Damian Cruse. Her MRC funded PhD project focuses on the prognostic and diagnostic utility of electrophysiological responses in post-traumatic coma and prolonged disorders of consciousness, co-supervised by Prof Antonio Belli.

Mohammed Rupawala

Mohammed studied his BSc in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath, majoring in Pharmacology, and went on to complete an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, specialising in Neurotechnology. In 2016, he completed an MSc in Physical Sciences for Health as part of an integrated PhD programme funded by EPSRC. Mohammed's PhD research focuses on developing the physical and computational sciences of multimodal imaging (optical and electrophysiological) for improving diagnostic accuracy in disorders of consciousness, with co-supervision from Dr Hamid Dehghani, Dr Sam Lucas, and Prof Peter Tino.

Consuelo Vidal Gran

Consuelo studied her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile, and completed her MSc in Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol. Her PhD project is funded by Becas Chile and focuses on EEG assessments of residual cognitive functions in patients diagnosed with acute and prolonged disorders of consciousness.

Masters Students
Amy Chinner - MRES Clinical Psychology
Holly Parsons - MSc Psychology

Chantal Allan - BSc

Steve Beukema - MSc

Leanne Calviello - MSc

Sara Calzolari - MSc Erasmus+ internship

Raechelle M Gibson - PhD

Kyle Goldberger - BSc

Iman Idrees - MSc

Cleopatra Hadjidemetriou - MSc

Paris Lalousis - MSc

Julia Nantes - BSc

Ruth Pauli - Research Associate

Rodika Sokoliuk - Post-doctoral Fellow

Gurneet Sur - Research Associate

Xiangyu Wang - MSc

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