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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Rodika Sokoliuk

Rodika studied her undergraduate degree in Biology at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany) from 2005 until 2007 and completed her MSc in 2010 in collaboration with Dr Rufin VanRullen at the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse (France). She obtained her PhD degree in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2014 at the Université Paul Sabatier under the supervision of Dr Rufin VanRullen where she focused her research on visual perception. From 2015 until 2017 she worked as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr Karen Mullinger, Dr Stephen Mayhew, and Dr Simon Hanslmayr investigating the role of alpha oscillations in attention with concurrent EEG/7T fMRI recordings. In July 2017, Rodika joined the lab as a post-doctoral fellow to work on an MRC-funded project to develop electrophysiological measures of consciousness in coma and vegetative state.

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Research Associates

Ruth Pauli

Ruth completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Birmingham (2007-2010) and then worked as a research assistant in NHS mental health services for several years, before returning to university for an MSc in developmental neuroscience and psychopathology at UCL and Yale (2013-2015). She obtained her PhD from the University of Birmingham (2015-2019) under the supervision of Dr. Stephane De Brito, Dr. Pia Rotshtein, and Prof. Peter Tino. In 2020, Ruth joined the lab as a Research Associate and coordinator for the LPAT study.

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

Gurneet Sur - Research Associate

Xiangyu Wang - MSc

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