People

Sussex Neuroscience is a friendly community of researchers from the University of Sussex Schools of Life Sciences, Psychology, and Engineering & Informatics, and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

List of Group Leaders: Sussex Neuroscience Faculty

For Media enquires: University of Sussex Media Centre

Sussex Neuroscience Management Team

Professor Jamie Ward (he/him): Director

I study how differences in human brain function and wiring can lead to atypical perceptual experiences (for example, in synaesthesia). I use a wide variety of methods in cognitive neuroscience.

In my role as a Director of Sussex Neuroscience, I am keen to create a vibrant research culture that trains the next generation in cutting-edge methods and ideas.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 876598
Email: jamiew@sussex.ac.uk

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Professor Louise Serpell (she/her): Director

I study the causes of neurodegeneration in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. I am particularly interested in understanding the role for protein misfolding in disease.

As a Director of Sussex Neuroscience, my aim is for Sussex Neuroscience to be an excellent place to do exceptional neuroscience research in an inclusive, supportive environment. As a previous School lead for Athena SWAN, my ambition is to ensure the equality, diversity and inclusivity of our research environment, providing a supportive place for everyone to excel.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877363
Email: l.c.serpell@sussex.ac.uk

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Professor Miguel Maravall (he/him): Director

I study how neurons work together to make sense of patterns in our environment when these vary over time. I measure the behaviour of mice and humans in sensory tasks and use a variety of tools to measure neuronal activity.

As a Director of Sussex Neuroscience my aim is to maintain a close-knit community where members with diverse interests feel supported to do their very best work.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877263
Email: m.maravall@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Ruth Staras (she/her): Programme Manager

I develop and manage core activities for Sussex Neuroscience, including the 4-year PhD Programme, research events and external partnerships. I am also a member of teaching faculty, convening the Neuroscience MSc and MRes degrees.

Overall my work aims to support a thriving and sociable research community across Sussex Neuroscience with innovative, interdisciplinary opportunities for postgraduate training and career development.

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877660
Email: r.staras@sussex.ac.uk

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Sussex Neuroscience funded Advanced Research Technicians

Mr Andre Maia Chagas

I develop and maintain scientific and education tools for Sussex Neuroscience. This goes from small repairs of existing equipment to the development of new tools tailored to a certain set of experiments.

One particularity of this work is that all the tools being developed can be freely copied, replicated and improved by anyone, as their building plans are released online under open source licenses. A rationale on why I produce open tools can be found in this opinion piece.


Telephone: +44 (0)1273 678846
Email: a.maia-chagas@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Chris Racey

I am a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in fMRI and low level vision. I study how colour is represented in the brain.

As a research technician for cognitive and clinical neuroscience, my role is to facilitate brain imaging research throughout Sussex Neuroscience. I help researchers with designing and building experimental paradigms, organising and analysing data. I manage the Human Psychophysiology Lab (HPL). I develop computing infrastructure and neuroimaging analysis pipelines, provide training and knowledge retention for advanced computational methods. I also run the Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging seminar series (CNI) with a goal of fostering a sense of community across all neuroscience disciplines.


Telephone: +44 (0)1273 877551
Email: c.racey@sussex.ac.uk

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