Andrei Kozlov

Dr. Kozlov’s research background is in sensory neuroscience and biophysics. Andrei obtained a PhD from Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg in the area of ion channel biophysics. During his first postdoc (ESPCI, Paris) he investigated how astrocytes modulate neural circuits in the central nervous system. Andrei’s research in sensory neuroscience has focused on auditory system. He examined the biophysics of mechanoelectrical transduction in the inner ear (at the Rockefeller University, New York), and investigated computations in auditory cortex (at the University of California, San Diego).

Dr. Kozlov joined in 2014 the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, where he founded the Laboratory of Auditory Neuroscience and Biophysics. The lab, broadly speaking, focuses on how the auditory system, a keystone of human communication, achieves its remarkable sensitivity, selectivity, and invariance. We investigate both how the inner ear converts sounds into electrical signals, and how auditory cortex interprets these signals.


Mark Steadman

Dr. Mark Steadman is a Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering. He is investigating the neural representation of complex sound in the auditory cortex. The auditory system must represent sounds selectively; the representation of ‘cat’ must be different to ‘hat’. At the same time, it enables us to recognise sounds despite acoustical variations; ‘cat’ still sounds like ‘cat’ no matter who says it. Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying both this selectivity and invariance is a central question in sensory neuroscience. 

Before joining Dr. Andrei Kozlov’s lab, Mark obtained a PhD in Auditory Neuroscience at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research where his research focussed on the neural representation of speech. Since graduating in 2015, he has been involved in the Horizon 2020 project 3D Tune-In, investigating the perception of 3D audio.

Michael Bruyns-Haylett

Dr. Michael Bruyns-Haylett is a Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering, and is investigating mechanisms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the auditory cortex. To understand and cure TBI-induced impairments in the processing of complex auditory signals, such as speech, it must be first understood how TBI affects the auditory cortex at the cell and circuit level.

Before joining Dr. Andrei Kozlov’s lab, Michael obtained an MSc in Computational and Cognitive neuroscience as well as a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield where his research focused on the relationship between neural activity and hemodynamics in the resting state. Following his PhD, he worked as a research associate at the University of Reading, and investigated the relationship between neural excitation and inhibition in population recordings from the somatosensory cortex.

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Sanjeewa Abeytunge

Sanjeewa is a PhD student working with Dr. Kozlov. His research interest is in biophysics of mechanobiology. In particular, he is interested in high-frequency stimulation of cochlear hair cells and their mechanotransduction apparatus. His educational background is in physics and he has experience in developing optical systems (confocal and multi-photon microscopes), electronics (low-noise-high-bandwidth analog and digital), soft-lithography techniques and immunohistochemistry protocols. His time is divided between Dr. Andrei Kozlov's lab at Imperial College and Prof. Jim Hudspeth's lab at The Rockefeller University in New York through the Partner Research Institution (PRI) Scheme at Imperial College London.


Francesco Gianoli

Francesco Gianoli is a doctoral researcher in Dr. Andrei S. Kozlov’s Laboratory of Auditory Neuroscience and Biophysics, in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. Francesco's main interest is in Neuroscience and he focuses on understanding the principle of mechanotransduction in auditory hair cells. 

Before joining Imperial College, Francesco obtained in 2014 a Laurea Magistralis degree in Physics of Complex Systems from Politecnico di Torino University and a M.Sc. degree in Physique Fondamentale spécialité Systèmes Complexes from the Université Paris-Sud (Paris XI).

In 2012, Francesco graduated  from Università degli Studi di Torino with a B.Sc. in Physics and a thesis dissertation on Acoustics titled "The Physics of the violin" under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Tateo. During this research project, Francesco designed a new method capable of determining the quality of a violin’s part called "Ponticello" or "Bridge", which has the function to transmit the strings' vibrations to the instrument’s body. Some of these results have been published in a book "L'oro del Trentino. La liuteria dall'arte al razionale" ("Violin-making from art to science") written with his collaborators: the Master Luthier Gianfranco Dindo and the journalist Davide Ribella.


Sihao Lu

Sihao Lu graduated in 2016 from Imperial College London with a first-class degree in Bioengineering. He did his undergraduate project in the Kozlov lab, analysing receptive fields of auditory neurons and will continue as a PhD student supported by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Neurotechnology.

Julia Sun

Julia Sun obtained her BSc in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT, receiving numerous awards including first place at the AIChE Annual Student Conference poster contest in 2013 and first place at the AIChE Annual Meeting student paper competition in 2015. In addition, Julia received an Amgen Scholars Fellowship in 2013 to spend the summer at Caltech where she trained in microfluidics.

Following her graduation from MIT in 2015, Julia received a Fulbright-Imperial College London Scholarship to pursue an MRes in Bioengineering in Dr. Ben Almquist's lab. She has subsequently been awarded the prestigious Imperial College PhD Scholarship to pursue her PhD in Dr. Almquist's and in Dr. Kozlov's labs, designing new nanotechnologies for neuroscience.