Dr Ajay Halai

University Position
Senior Research Associate


I completed a cross discipline PhD (MRC Capacity-Building) at the University of Manchester, combining psychology with neuroimaging. I gained technical skills such as acquiring and analysing multi-modal neuroimaging data (MRI, fMRI, EEG and diffusion tensor imaging). My goal was to move towards applied research; therefore, I initiated and designed a large-scale stroke database at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with Prof. Lambon Ralph. I then moved to the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit to continue aphasia research, where I learnt how to apply advanced analytics to stroke data (i.e., machine learning to predict deficits). I also setup two specialist NHS aphasia clinics to aid clinical translation. I was recently was awarded an MRC CDA to set up my own research lab focusing on understanding longitudinal stroke recovery in terms of behavioural and neural changes.

Key Publications

Evaluating the granularity and statistical structure of lesions and behaviour in post-stroke aphasia.

Journal: Brain Commun
E-pub date: 1 Aug 2020
Authors: Y Zhao, AD Halai, MA Lambon Ralph