Sean Froudist-Walsh

Sean Froudist-Walsh

Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience & Group Leader

University of Bristol


Head of the Cognition, Anatomy & Neural Networks (CANN) Research Group at the University of Bristol (Lab website under construction).

In the CANN lab:

We investigate how areas across the brain work together to produce COGNITION.

We study how subtle changes to ANATOMY across brain areas can lead to the sudden emergence of new function, or dysfunction.

We develop brain-inspired NEURAL NETWORK models, to link from neural circuit interactions to dynamical patterns of activity across the cortex and behavior.


  • Cognition
  • Anatomy
  • Neural Networks
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Computational Psychiatry


  • PhD in Neuroimaging, 2015

    King's College London (Institute of Psychiatry)

  • MSc in Neuroscience, 2010

    King's College London (Institute of Psychiatry)

  • BA (hons) in Mathematics, 2009

    Trinity College Dublin



Dynamical Systems Modelling

Data Analysis and Statistics

Machine Learning

Neuroimaging Processing and Analysis

Science Communication and Writing





Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience and Group Leader

Computational Neuroscience Unit, Faculty of Engineering and Bristol Neuroscience

Aug 2022 – Present University of Bristol
Responsibilities include:

  • Head of the Cognition, Anatomy and Neural Networks (CANN) Group
  • Lecturer on “Learning, Computation and the Brain” and “Information Processing and the Brain” courses
  • Science Outreach: Bringing science, training and social opportunities to underserved communities.

Postdoctoral Fellow

XJ Wang Lab

Sep 2017 – Jun 2022 New York University
Responsibilities include:

  • Creating realistic large-scale computational models of primate cortex capable of performing cognitive functions.
  • Grant writing (CRCNS grant to Wang & Palomero-Gallagher).
  • Leading collaborations with top experimentalists such as Nicola Palomero-Gallagher, Karl Zilles, Daniel Margulies, Ting Xu, Ken Knoblauch & Henry Kennedy

Postdoctoral Fellow

Croxson Lab

Sep 2015 – Sep 2017 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Responsibilities included:

  • Trained animals to perform cognitive tasks on touchscreens and via eye-movements.
  • Developed processing and analysis pipelines for working with challenging animal MRI data.
  • Wrote and published first author work describing behavioural and neuroimaging experiments.
  • Wrote a review on plasticity in the working memory system.

PhD Student and research worker

Chiara Nosarti & Oliver Howes labs

Sep 2011 – Jul 2015 King's College London (Institute of Psychiatry)
Responsibilities included:

  • Lead neuroimaging analyst on a large longitudinal multimodal imaging study of 400 people born very preterm.
  • Developed processing and analysis pipelines for diffusion MRI, functional MRI, structural MRI and dopamine (F-DOPA) PET.
  • Performed cognitive and psychiatric assessments.
  • Wrote 5 first-author papers, and contributed to 7 second-author and 8 middle-author papers via data processing and analysis and manuscript writing.

Recent Posts

Recent & Upcoming Talks

EBRAINS National Node Germany Workshop, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

BBSRC Satellite, Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Meeting, University of Oxford, UK

Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China

Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea

Recent Publications

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Cytoarchitectonic, receptor distribution and functional connectivity analyses of the macaque frontal lobe

Based on quantitative cyto- and receptor architectonic analyses, we identified 35 prefrontal areas, including novel subdivisions of …

Gradients of neurotransmitter receptor expression in the macaque cortex

Dynamics and functions of neural circuits depend on interactions mediated by receptors. Therefore, a comprehensive map of receptor …

Predicting distributed working memory activity in a large-scale mouse brain: the importance of the cell type-specific connectome

Recent advances in connectomic and neurophysiological tools make it possible to probe whole-brain mechanisms in the mouse that underlie …

A connectome-based model of conscious access in monkey cortex

A growing body of evidence suggests that conscious perception of a sensory stimulus triggers an all-or-none activity across multiple …

The neural basis of delayed gratification