Jason D. Connolly, PhD, Assistant Professor
Psychology Department | Adjunct Associate Computer Science Department
Durham University Science Site
Durham, United Kingdom, DH1 3LE
 T: +44 (0) 191 334 3217

Short Biography
Jason Connolly carried out Doctoral training at Western University (Canada) with Distinguished Professor Melvyn Goodale, FRS, FRSC and Professor Dougles Munoz (Queen’s University). Here he pioneered event-related fMRI studies of the cortical sensori-motor system. These studies provide support for the idea that the frontal cortex takes on the relative processing load for early movement planning. He received recognition for making a significant impact on Canadian Medicine as a trainee (CIHR, Canada). He carried out postdocs in the USA in two technical approaches (functional MRI and neuroanatomy). These labs were the Andersen Lab (Cal Tech), the Curtis Lab (NYU) and the Lyon Lab (UC Irvine). All Labs are funded by NIH R01 grants (USA). In 2009, he became a P.I. at Newcastle University (UK) with funding from the Faculty of Medical Science/IoN where he published a topographic mapping fMRI study on spatial reference frames and another on attention-based coding. He has been an Academic Staff member in Psychology at Durham University (UK) since 2012. He currently is the Psychology-based lead for a Brain-Computer Interface team that utilises functional MRI, Dry-EEG, movement kinematics and Neuro-Robotics. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Nature magazine and 4 UK research councils. He was awarded two collaborative research grants (ESRC and Horizon 2020, ~1M FEC) and has received National training (Royal Society) and Durham University (Biophysical Sciences Institute; Wolfson Research Institute) awards.