Post doc: Raphael Hamel (Feb 2022 - present)
Raph is investigating the neural correlates of reward-based performance and learning. Funded by Fonds de recherche du Quebec. Email:
PhD: Ahmad Alghamdi (Oct 2019 - present)
Ahmad is investigating the role of reinforcement in motor learning in older adults and stroke patients. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PhD: Ang Dawson (Oct 2016 - present)
Ang is examining stroke rehabilitation at UCL. Funded by Wellington Hospital (PI: Sven Bestmann & Nick Ward).
PhD: Lydia Hickman (Oct 2018 - present)
Lydia is examining the relationship between introception and motor control. Funded by BBSRC (PI: Jennifer Cook).
PhD: Alicia Rybicki (Oct 2017 - present)
Alicia is examining motor control in Autism. Funded by BBSRC (PI: Jennifer Cook).
PhD: Alicia Rybicki (Oct 2017 - June 2022)
Alicia completed her PhD with Jen Cook on motor and social learning. Her work is published in elife and scientific reports. Funded by BBSRC. Alicia is now a postdoc with Jen Cook.
Post doc: Diar Karim (May 2021 - Feb 2022)
Diar developed a virtual reality motor learning task using the hand tracking feature from an Oculus Quest. He also assessed the accuracy/validity of this new technique within a methodological paper. Funded by ERC. Diar is working as postdoctoral fellow and developing his own company.
Post doc: Peter Holland (Oct 2016 - March 2021)
Pete examined reward-based motor learning using behavioural analysis, genetics, brain imaging (eeg) and virtual reality. Pete's work was published in Journal of Neurophysiology and Journal of Neuroscience. Funded by ERC. Pete is now an assistant Professor at Goldsmiths University.
PhD: Sebastian Sporn (Oct 2017 - March 2021)
Seb completed his PhD on the behavioural and neural effects of reward on sequential reaching. His worked is published in Journal of Neurophysiology. Funded by ERC. Seb is now a postdoc at UCL with Nick Ward & Sven Bestmann.
Post doc: Xiuli Chen (Dec 2015 - Dec 2019)
Xiuli used computational and behavioural analysis to examine the link between reward-based decision-making and motor control/learning in healthy participants and Parkinson's disease patients. Her work was published in Journal of Neuroscience and PLOS computational biology. Funded by ERC. Xiuli is now a senior scientist at the Finnish center for artificial intelligence (FCAI).
PhD: Oli Codol (Oct 2016 - July 2019):
Oli completed his PhD on the mechanisms which underpin reward-based motor learning and performance. He has published this work across several articles in Journal of Neuroscience, Experimental Brain Research, Scientific Reports and Journal of Neurophysiology. Funded by ERC. Oli is now a postdoc in the 'sensorimotor super lab' at the University of Western Ontario.
PhD: Roya Jalali (Oct 2013 - July 2017):
Roya completed her PhD on the neurobiological changes associated with cerebellar tDCS. This work was published in several highly cited articles in Journal of Neurophysiology and Experimental Brain Research. Roya then worked as a post doc with Dr. Fernandez-Espejo and is now working a clinical scientist in the NHS.
Matt Soden (RA: May - Oct 2016): Matt investigated the influence of fatigue on motor control. Funded by Wellcome trust. Matt now works in the NHS.
Irieda Miller (RA: Sept 2015 - July 2016): Irieda developed a genetic database for the school.