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Biography

I am interested in how the brain pieces together and processes relevant information whilst ignoring distraction.  I aim to use neuroimaging (MEG, EEG and fMRI) to study the brain's activity during attention -demanding tasks, including with visual or audio-visual sensory information.  I also aim to understand how neural mechanisms are altered in cases of disorders of attention and/or perception, such as in ADHD or autism, as well as how these processes are different across the life-span.

Research Interests

  • Visual attention
  • Neuroimaging, especially MEG and EEG
  • Neural oscillatory basis of attention and perception
  • Disorders of attention and perception, especially ADHD
  • Multisensory integration
  • Open-source software (e.g. FieldTrip) and open data science

Qualifications

  • PGCert (Higher Education); Fellow Status, UK Advance HE.  2022
  • PhD in Bioengineering, Joint Graduate Group at U. of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley, USA, 2007
  • BS double major in Applied Physics and Psychology, Yale University, USA, 2001

Employment

  • 2019 – date: Lecturer of Psychology, Aston University.
  • 2014 – 2019: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow and post-doc research fellow, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2010 - 2013: Post-doc research fellow at Donders Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • 2007 – 2010: Whitaker Scholar and post-doc research fellow, Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre, University of Nottingham, UK

Funding Applications and Awards

  • Academy of Medical Science Springboard grant (2022 - 2024)
  • Marie Curie International Fellow (2015 - 2018)
  • Whitaker Scholar (2007 - 2009)

Teaching Activity

  • PY3346 Final Year Project supervisor (2019; 2021-onwards; Aston)
  • PY4016 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience: Theory and Methods (2021; Aston)
  • PY2504 Brain and Behaviour (2021; Aston)
  • PY3356 Cognitive Neuropsychology (2019-2020; Aston)
  • Neuroimaging methods (especially EEG & MEG) (2010-2013; Radboud University)

PhD Supervision

  • Available for supervision - please get in touch!  
    • Especially self-funded applicants.  Occasionally there is a bursary to offset international fees.
  • Supervisor to PhD student Ashley Goneso (started Oct., 2022)
  • Co-supervisor to PhD student Cliona Kelly (started 2019; Aston)
  • Co-supervisor to PhD student Nathan Taylor (started 2019; Aston)
  • Co-supervisor to MSc student Sebastiaan den Boer (2012-2013; Radboud University)
  • Co-supervisor to MSc student Madelon Vollebregt (2012-2013; Radboud University)

Contact Details

Email: j.zumer@aston.ac.uk

Room: SW613

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of California San Francisco and University of California Berkeley: Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering

Award Date: 31 Dec 2007

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