Research Focus


  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Genomics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Rare Genetic Disorders
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum condition
  • Childhood disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Behavioural analysis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • Science Culture

  • Public Engagement
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    Dr Kate Baker

    University Position
    Group Leader
    Dr Kate Baker is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


    Genomic technology is now enabling the identification of many novel causes of neurodevelopmental disorder. This provides a new starting point for understanding the relationships between specific genetic mutation, neuronal function, brain development, cognition and mental health. I apply systematic clinical and cognitive neuroscience methods to characterise patients with intellectual disability in whom a genetic cause has been identified. I hope this will have clinical benefit (clarifying pathogenicity of novel variants, prognostication) and generate hypotheses about new mechanisms of disease.

    Key Publications

    A generative network model of neurodevelopmental diversity in structural brain organization.

    Journal: Nat Commun
    E-pub date: 9 Jul 2021
    Authors: D Akarca, PE Vértes, ET Bullmore, CALM team, DE Astle

    A Causal Role for Gastric Rhythm in Human Disgust Avoidance.

    Journal: Curr Biol
    E-pub date: 8 Feb 2021
    Authors: CL Nord, ES Dalmaijer, T Armstrong, K Baker, T Dalgleish


    Biallelic CACNA1A variants: Review of literature and report of a child with drug-resistant epilepsy and developmental delay.

    Journal: Am J Med Genet A
    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2022
    Authors: VMY Wong-Spracklen, A Kolesnik, J Eck, S Sabanathan, O Spasic-Boskovic, A Maw, K Baker