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John Radcliffe Hospital, West Wing, Level 6, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU

DPhil start date

October 2018

Project title

Surgical and non-surgical neuromodulation of respiratory function and interoception


Professor Alex Green

Professor Stephen Payne

Professor Tipu Aziz

Ashley Raghu

BSc (Hons)

DPhil student

  • Junior Dean, Pembroke College

I read Chemical Sciences at the University of St Andrews where I focused on physical and inorganic chemistry and took a minor in neurosciences. From there I stayed in Scotland to study Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, where I developed a passion for neurosurgery. At present, I am intercalating a DPhil in Surgical Sciences, after which I return to Edinburgh for my final year of medical school.

I am currently a second year DPhil student within the Oxford Functional Neurosurgery group, headed by Professor Tipu Aziz. I also serve as Junior Dean of Pembroke College.

My doctoral research is supervised by consultant neurosurgeon-neuroscientist Professor Alex Green, Professor Stephen Payne, head of the Cerebral Haemodynamics group, and Professor Aziz. I am leveraging neuroimaging-based estimates of structural connectivity to gain insights into deep brain stimulation. Specifically, I am studying surgery to the pedunculopontine nucleus in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, and surgery to the central gray, somatosensory thalamus and anterior cingulate in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain.