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Mr Mohammed Rupawala
Medawar Building, Bloomsbury Campus
Gower Street, UCL
Tel: 02076793533
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  • Research Fellow
  • Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
I completed my undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath and then completed a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. I then went on to complete a PhD in Medical Physics and Psychology at University of Birmingham where I investigated the use of multimodality imaging for awareness detection. I was then appointed as a post-doctoral research scientist within the department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology at UCL. Here I currently explore the development of pain perception in newborns in collaboration with the neonatal ward at UCLH using electroencephalography (EEG). My work is rooted in the themes of neuroimaging, biomedical signal processing and neuroscience. The results of my research to date have been published in Current Biology, Pain, and Frontiers in Neurology. I frequently train students and other researchers in the use of EEG and how to analyse data. I also regularly review articles for various general science.
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Research Summary

Currently my main research interests are associated with how different non-invasive neuroimaging techniques can be used to explore the development of neonatal pain processing and uncover factors that can alter this processing. In order to achieve this, I actively investigate and develop on different signal processing tools that will allow me to better examine cortical functions and underlying network development in newborns. I have previously been involved in developing a novel method for assessing neonatal scalp topographies from electroencephalography (EEG). This was used to investigate how both preterm and term infants respond to repeated pain, which they are exposed to whilst in neonatal care. Currently I am developing methods that will allow us to study long-term cortical network changes prior to and following a painful stimulus, and alternative pain management strategies for newborns. I have expertise in using and analysing data from neuroimaging techniques including EEG and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). My work is in collaboration with academics and clinicians from UCL and UCLH.

Teaching Summary

Since being appointed at UCL I have actively supervised 5 final year student projects including one literature project and four research projects. I have also been involved in the secondary marking of two final year project reports. I have also party run an In2Science workshop and have completed the supervisory development course for UCL Postdocs through UCL Arena.

During my PhD I have been involved in STEM workshops and delivered seminars. I was also responsible for training new staff and students in on the basics of conducting electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) experiments and ways in which to analyse the data.

01-SEP-2021 Postdoctoral Research Scientist Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology University College London, United Kingdom
16-SEP-2019 – 31-AUG-2021 Research Assistant Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2013 – 01-AUG-2013 Research Assistant Department of Pharmacology University of Bath, United Kingdom
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