About me

I am a research fellow (PI) working in the group of Dr. Jiaxiang Zhang at CUBRIC, Cardiff University, UK. I am also a Visiting Research Associate at the Department of Basic & Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, UK. I am interested in using mathematical modelling and data analysis to help advance epilepsy diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. My research is focused on using 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 graduated with a BSc in Physical Engineering (2008) and obtained a MSc in Physics (2010), both at the University of Aveiro (Portugal). Then I did a PhD in Physics applied to Theoretical Neuroscience (in a joint doctoral program from the Universities of Minho, Aveiro and Porto, Portugal, 2014). My research in neuroscience started with my master’s thesis, in which I studied stochastic resonance in neuronal networks. During my PhD, I studied phase transitions, critical phenomena, bifurcations, and nonlinear phenomena in neuronal networks. In the last year of my PhD I became interested in epilepsy, particularly on how to anticipate epileptic seizures. In 2015 I joined the group of Prof. John Terry at the University of Exeter, where I studied the mechanisms of seizure emergence as well as a mathematical framework to quantitatively predict the brain regions most responsible for seizure generation. In my spare time I enjoy reading literature, and writing science popularization articles . I have published a science popularization book (in Portuguese), Para Além dos Ombros de Gigantes.


Google Scholar: Citations | ORCID: 0000-0002-5764-2261  
ResearcherID: N-3338-2014Scopus Author ID: 56048710600
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Contact 

m.lopes @ exeter.ac.uk

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