Sean Froudist-Walsh

Sean Froudist-Walsh

Lecturer in Computational Neuroscience & Group Leader

University of Bristol


Cognition: I investigate how areas across the brain work together to produce cognition.

Anatomy: I study how subtle changes to anatomy across brain areas can lead to the sudden emergence of new function, or dysfunction.

Neural networks: I 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

Jun 2022 – Aug 2022 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

Gradients of receptor expression shape distributed cognitive functions

Gradients of receptor expression shape distributed cognitive functions

Gradients of receptor expression shape distributed cognitive functions

Gradients of receptor expression in the macaque cortex

Recent Publications

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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 …

A dopamine gradient controls access to distributed working memory in the large-scale monkey cortex

Dopamine is required for working memory, but how it modulates the large-scale cortex is unknown. Here, we report that dopamine receptor …

Toward next-generation primate neuroscience: A collaboration-based strategic plan for integrative neuroimaging

Combining brain perturbation and neuroimaging in non-human primates

Brain perturbation studies allow detailed causal inferences of behavioral and neural processes. Because the combination of brain …

Organization of the macaque monkey inferior parietal lobule based on multimodal receptor architectonics

The macaque monkey inferior parietal lobe (IPL) is a structurally heterogeneous brain region, although the number of areas it contains …