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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

  • 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

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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