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 Marinho Lopes

Marinho Lopes

Research Fellow

School of Psychology

+44 (0)29 2068 8805
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


I am a research fellow funded by Wellcome Trust working in the group of Dr. Jiaxiang Zhang. I use mathematical modelling and data analysis to help advance epilepsy diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. In particular, I use neural mass models and network theory to assess brain networks inferred from electrophysiological data (both scalp and intracranial EEG) and neuroimaging (MRI) with the aim of uncovering the mechanisms responsible for epilepsy. I have developed methods to quantify and predict the outcome of epilepsy surgery, to forecast epileptic seizures, and to classify different epilepsy types.

I hold a BSc in Physical Engineering, a MSc in Physics (2010), and PhD in Theoretical Neuroscience. During my PhD, I researched phase transitions, critical phenomena, bifurcations, and nonlinear phenomena in neuronal networks, which led to my interest in epilepsy. In 2015 I joined the group of Prof. John Terry at the University of Exeter, where I developed a mathematical framework to quantitatively predict the brain regions most responsible for seizure generation. In my spare time I write science popularization articles. I have published a science popularization book (in Portuguese), Para Além dos Ombros de Gigantes.