Dr Danyal Akarca

University Position
PhD student


I'm a medical doctor and computational neuroscience PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, researching generative models of brain networks. I'm interested in the essential generative principles driving the development of structural and functional brain organisation, and how this relates to the emergence of both biological and artificial cognition/intelligence. I'm further interested in how these systems can be shaped by external influences and become perturbed. To investigate these questions, I utilise a range of computational and neuroimaging techniques. My work is supervised by Dr Duncan Astle (Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge) and advised by Dr Petra Vertes (Alan Turing Institute, London), and is funded by the Medical Research Council and Vice Chancellor's Scholarship of the Cambridge Trust. Previously, I trained as a medical doctor at the University of Southampton and have conducted a wide range of clinical neurological and neurosurgical research.

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


Bridging Brain and Cognition: A Multilayer Network Analysis of Brain Structural Covariance and General Intelligence in a Developmental Sample of Struggling Learners.

Journal: J Intell
E-pub date: 15 Jun 2021
Authors: IL Simpson-Kent, EI Fried, D Akarca, S Mareva, ET Bullmore, The Calm Team, RA Kievit