Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Dr Mark Hughes

Dr Mark Hughes is a Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery.

Dr Mark Hughes

Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Centre for Integrative Physiology
  • Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, Scottish Microelectronics Centre

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Mark Hughes is a clinical lecturer in neurosurgery and recently completed a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD (via the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track).

Research summary

The brain is a powerful and efficient biological computer. Mark Hughes’ research explores the interface between neurons and biomaterials, especially silicon. Engineering and interacting with simple networks of neurons in the lab offers a chance to explore how larger networks operate in complex, living organisms.

As well as being relevant to understanding how nervous systems represent and process information, related insights can also inform novel (or hybrid) computational strategies. Moreover, tools to interface with engineered networks are relevant in the fledgling field of neuroprosthetics.

Areas of interest

  • neuron:silicon interfaces
  • biomaterials
  • neuro-engineering
  • surgical simulation

Sources of funding

  • Wellcome Trust