Vision, Cognition and Neuroscience (VCN)

Some images of our work.

Welcome to the Vision, Cognition and Neuroscience group. We have expertise in optics of the eye, vision science, the higher visual processes and cognition using basic science : physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics and applying it to the sensory work on cross-disciplinary projects that investigate ageing of the eye and higher order sensory functions.

Our work has been funded by a range of sources including Research Councils, charities, industry and governmental departments. Current projects are supported by Fight for Sight, Essilor International, DSTL and the EU. Our range of projects is wide including ocular and neural ageing and disease, biomedical optics, psychophysics, computational and neural physiology, ocular proteomics, nanotechnological applications to the eye, neuroscience and brain function and is arranged in three main themes:

  1. Ocular and neural ageing and disease
    Raid Alany, Andy Augousti, Mehdi Bahrami , Sarah Barman,, Natasha Hill, Barbara Pierscionek, Ali Ryan
  2. Psychophysics, computational and neural physiology
    Jan Lauritzen, Donal McGlade, JC Nebel, Barbara Pierscionek, Mark Preece
  3. Neuroscience and brain function
    Andy Augousti, Jan Lauritzen, Donal McGlade, Barbara Pierscionek, Mark Preece


Core MembersAssociate Members
Raid Alany (Pharmacy and Chemistry)Fatima Falisberti (Psychology)
Andy Augousti (SEC)Peter Foot (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Mehdi Bahrami (Post-doctoral Researcher - Fight for Sight)Baljit Ghatora (Pharmacy and Chemistry)
Sarah Barman (Computing)Sabira Mannan (Psychology)
Natasha Hill (Life Sciences)Paolo Remagnino (Computing)
Jan Lauritzen (Life Sciences)Peter Spearman (Engineering)
Donal McGlade (Post-doctoral Researcher - Essilor)Jian Wang (Aerospace Engineering)
JC Nebel (Computing)
Barbara Pierscionek (SEC)
Mark Preece (Life Sciences)
Ali Ryan (Life Sciences)

If you wish to contact the group please email Barbara Pierscionek or Andy Augousti


Research Student Award


Congratulations to Johanna Laibe, an MSc by Research student (in Computer Science and Mathematics) supervised by …

Optical illusions neither “trick the eye” nor “fool the brain”.

SEMINAR – Optical illusions neither “trick the eye” nor “fool the brain”. Date: Wednesday 18th March …

The eye lens – an optobiological synchrony – 26 January

SEMINAR Date:                   Monday 26th January 2015 Time:                   3.00-4.00pm Venue:                 PRMB3009 (drinks reception at 4.00-5.00pm in PRMB2021 …

Developing collagen based materials for corneal tissue repair

Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University London Dr Roanne Jones Roanne is a Kingston Biomedical science …