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Maheen Faisal


Research

Maheen is part of the BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium and is investigating the role of cytochrome in autism spectrum disorders.

Her research project combines the use of the novel functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) imaging technique along with genetics to explore the role of cytochrome in neural responses to various social stimuli in the developing human brain and how it may be mediated genetically. With this multidisciplinary project at the interface of medical physics, human infant neuroscience and genetics, she is primarily based at Birkbeck Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, under the supervision of Professor Mark Johnson and Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox along with Professor Clare Elwell from UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and Dr Emma Meaburn from the Birkbeck Behavioural Genomics Group.

Scholarships and awards

BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium (2014 – 2018)

BBSRC LIDo Travel Award (October 2016) 

BBSRC LIDo Award for Best Flash Talk (September 2016)

Courses attended

Introduction to Matlab, UCL, London, UK (2014)

Introduction to R, UCL, London, UK (2014)

UCL-Birkbeck fNIRS Training Course, Birkbeck, London, UK (2015)

UCL Medical Physics Optical Imaging Module, UCL, London, UK (2015) 

Machine Learning, Stanford University (Online) (2017)


Qualifications

2012 – 2013 MSc Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London (Merit)

2009 – 2012 BSc Mathematics, Kings College London (1st class honors)

Publications

Siddiqui MF, Lloyd-Fox S, Kaynezhad P, Tachtsidis I, Johnson MH, Elwell CE (in press) (2017) Non-invasive measurement of a metabolic marker of infant brain function. Nature Scientific Reports

Siddiqui MF, Wedemann R, Jensen H (under review) (2017) Avalanches and Generalized Memory Associativity in a Network Model for Conscious and Unconscious Mental Functioning. Physica A

Siddiqui MF, Elwell C, Johnson MH (2017) Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Open Access 6:190. doi: 10.4172/2165-7890.1000190

Conference Presentations 
Siddiqui MF, Lloyd-Fox S, Kaynezhad P, Tachtsidis I,  Johnson MH, Elwell C, Measuring cytochrome-c-oxidase during functional activation in infants (December 2016). Poster presented at mitOX 2016 conference, Oxford, United Kingdom.
 
Siddiqui MF, Lloyd-Fox S, Kaynezhad P, Tachtsidis I, Johnson MH, Elwell C, Measuring cytochrome-c-oxidase during functional activation in infants (October 2016). Poster presented at fNIRS 2016 conference, Paris, France.

Outreach Activity

STEMNET Ambassador
I'm A Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! Competition Runner Up (June 2016) 

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